Catherine or Kate : the tertiary spaces of collaboration, performance and humour in contemporary art

Woodcroft, Kate (2012) Catherine or Kate : the tertiary spaces of collaboration, performance and humour in contemporary art. Masters by Research by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


The traditional model of visual arts practice is one that privileges highly individuated and predominantly material investigations and outcomes. This approach overlooks and devalues the formal and informal dialogues and collaborations that take place in the process of making art. This Masters research project considers how the experience of working in collaboration can generate a new model for thinking about practice-led methodologies in visual arts. It aims to do this by mapping out and elaborating on the processes and approaches to making that fellow Masters student Catherine Sagin and I have come to use in our alliance as ‘Fiona Mail’, ‘Catherine Sagin’ and ‘Catherine or Kate’ respectively. The fluidity of our collaborative moniker is one example of the way this project creatively explores and re-assesses the implications of collaboration. Drawing upon the contextual frames of conceptual art, performance art, and comedy this research looks at the significance of and possibilities for working as a collaborative duo.

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ID Code: 54664
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Webb, Mark
Keywords: dialogue, performance, collaboration, play, conceptual art, humour, Gilbert and George, third hand
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 07 Nov 2012 03:40
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015 11:31

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