Postal-Collage Working-Groups

WORKING-GROUPS (UPDATED 24 July 2019)

Over several days in advance of the September 1 launch date, working-groups are formed and sequenced.

The default method for arranging these groups is this: I compose them according to my own druthers. My aim is to facilitate valuable individual and collective experiences by organizing effective groups, which are both diverse and harmonious. If you’re happy with this method, and would like to be assigned to a group, consider this: the more I know about you, the more nuanced your group placement will be. If you have preferences, interests, or concerns regarding group placement, please let me know. [marty@roundtablecollaboration.com]

GROUPS MAY BE SELF-ORGANIZED
If anyone would like to recruit collaborators and/or coordinate a group (or portion of a group) without my input, you are invited to do so. Potential collaborators should read and understand the Project Description, including the note regarding the COMMITMENT, reprinted here-

COMMITMENT
Participation requires a modest, though not insignificant commitment. Please carefully consider the following, before committing:
•    Participants can expect to spend a few dollars on postage each month for six months.
•    The project schedule must be respected. Consistent, dependable deliveries will be required in order to complete the delivery pattern and achieve the characteristic return of each piece to its originator.
•    Each participant accepts responsibility for the completion of the piece they initiate, and agrees to deliver that piece for exhibition.

Other considerations when recruiting collaborators and assembling groups:

  • Each working-group will consist of five collaborators. (It is permissible for “one collaborator” to be a couple, a family, or whatever collective arrangement which might be made).
  • When a group is assembled, a sequence must be set, and each collaborator will need to provide a mailing address to their fellow collaborator who precedes them in that sequence.
  • Collaborators are strongly encouraged to communicate with fellow working-group members regarding progress and delays. Simple messages such as, “… collage sent today…” or “…collage received…” can be very helpful in scheduling and keeping the project on track.

As always, I am eager to answer any questions, or address any concerns.

Marty McCutcheon, Project Coordinator
marty@roundtablecollaboration.com

2 thoughts on “Postal-Collage Working-Groups”

  1. Thanks for the three questions. Here are three answers:

    1. After a collage has been completed and exhibited, arrangements can be made for its return to the originating artist. Collages may also be left with me for inclusion in a 10-year retrospective planned for the summer of 2021.

    2. Thank you for this thoughtful concern. I can imagine the possible confusion/disruption. According to the Project Description, each collage should be accompanied by an informational sheet, including (at least) the name(s) of the previous collaborator(s). In some cases, people write on the back of the collage, rather than providing an extra sheet. Either way works. You might consider attaching any loose informational sheet to its collage. If you have a camera, you could, on arrival, take a photo of each collage along with its envelope or informational sheet. It sometimes happens that there is no accompanying information. In such a case, I ask you to be in touch with me and/or your group, to work out where that collage originated.

    3. Presently, there is no form for this purpose, but a questionnaire does seem like a good idea. My druthers are informed by diverse criteria, sometimes meaningful, sometimes not, i.e., I might create a group of five like-minded artists with common influences, or I might make of group of five guys named Tom. Your location, your general background, your current work, your artistic tastes…

    I hope this is helpful. Please be in touch at any time, with any further questions or concerns.

  2. I have read the project description and schedule. Sounds good to me. I have three questions:
    1. After the originated collage is completed and sent for exhibition, is it eventually returned to the originating artist?
    2. I get a fair amount of mailart, and want to know if (and how) works for the project are identified in or on the mailing, to prevent confusion.
    3. What info about me would be helpful and/or of interest to facilitate the creation of project teams? Is there a form, or some other ‘opportunity’ to share in order to help inform your druthers?

    Thanks! Sounds fun!

    Tom

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