Research support for new models of artistic collaboration based on Allen’s work as director of Machine Project in Los Angeles.
As the founder and director of Machine Project, I am fascinated by complex forms of collaboration. For this project I will be working to develop new models and methods for understanding authorship in collaborative projects, in hopes that these models might be useful for other partnerships and for creative fields in general. By focusing on the relationship between my artwork as an individual and my work as a curator and organizer, I am searching for a way to understand my own role as an author and for how to propose working models for other artist-organizers. I am optimistic that this project has potential to be a real, liberating alternative to the corporate, singular-authorship model of the art market.