A collaborative effort: How collaboration and collectivism in Australia in the Seventies helped transform art into the contemporary era

Rothnie, Susan (2011) A collaborative effort: How collaboration and collectivism in Australia in the Seventies helped transform art into the contemporary era. Colloquy: text theory critique, 22: 165-179.

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Author Rothnie, Susan
Title A collaborative effort: How collaboration and collectivism in Australia in the Seventies helped transform art into the contemporary era
Journal name Colloquy: text theory critique
ISSN 1325-9490
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Issue 22
Start page 165
End page 179
Total pages 15
Place of publication Clayton, VIC, Australia
Publisher Monash University
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The seventies period in Australia is often referred to as the “anything goes” decade. It is a label that gives a sense of the profusion of anti-establishment modes that emerged in response to calls for social and political change that reverberated around the globe around that time. As a time of immense change in the Australian art scene, the seventies would influence the development of art into the contemporary era. The period's diversity, though, has presented difficulty for Australian art historiography. Despite the flowering of arts activity during the seventies era—and probably also because of it—the period remains largely unaccounted for by the Australian canon.

The focus of this paper is the importance for many artists of working collectively and collaboratively in their pursuit of a new cultural paradigm. Often it was only through joint endeavour that recognition of the multiple valid alternatives, through which many began to define themselves, was possible. However, the embrace of the idea of collective enterprise in itself also facilitated new ways to think about art and the manner and meaning of its production. The purpose here, therefore, is to draw attention to the im-portant ways in which organisational collectivism and collaboration contrib-uted to the seventies as a period of revolutionary transformation in art prac-tice that would propel Australian art into the contemporary era.
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