On Thursday 6 May 2021 from 10.00h to 13.00h Werker Collective is giving a zoom-lecture for the seminar Art Practice and its Significance within the program Mehrdimensionale Strategien at Kunsthochschule Kassel.
Founded in Amsterdam in 2009 by Marc Roig Blesa and Rogier Delfos the collective started as an editorial project releasing a publication called Werker Magazine. Its starting point is the worker photography movement, associations of amateur photographers that appeared in Germany in the 1920s.
The artistic practice of Werker Collective integrates the analysis of the social content of collected images, historical graphic documents, and amateur photography. The working methodologies they made themselves familiar with are based on counter-archiving, self-publishing, and collective learning processes. For a decade by now they have worked with a variety of media such as photography, moving image, digital publishing, installation, printed matter, and performance. Through several projects Werker Collective has created an international community of allies, exploring notions of collective authorship, queerness, reactivating oppressed histories, and worker’s solidarity.
Werker Collective’s contribution is the fifth lecture of the seminar Art Practice and its Significance, a series of talks by artists who have unique experiences of collaborating with different groups outside the institutional art world. This seminar is organised by artists Matthijs de Bruijne and Cecilia Vallejos together with the students of Mehrdimensionale Strategien and hosted by the Fine Arts Department of Kunsthochschule Kassel with the financial support of the Botschaft des Königreichs der Niederlande.
Art Practice and its Significance is open to art students and scholars of different departments of the University of Kassel and other young art practitioners interested in these types of new approaches to art creation.