In The Craftsman, Richard Sennett traces the change from a collaborative workshop of the Master/ Guild to the lone artist genius. Sennett’s description of the evolution of communities (or hierarchies) of practitioners as organised through the Medieval guilds to the emergence of artist-genius in early Renaissance provides a telling narrative to this transformation.
This shift does not only impact on the division of labour from collaborative embodied practices in a luthier’s workshop to the collective endeavour of Linux, but more significantly, it re-conceived the creative act itself. So how do we work together?
The lecture explores the idea of the Gemeinschaft or the community of peers.
In this video featuring the film 20,000 Days on Earth, the filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard talk about the process of working and collaborating with Nick Cave. Pollard begins by saying that project is about investigating what the ‘spark’ or spirit that drives the creative process through Nick Cave’s practice. Iain Forsyth says that they found the collaborating process comfortable as collaboration is fundamentally what filmmaking, as a making process, is.