Why collaborate?


I collaborate to share differences and find mutual expression, there is no space for ego and individual ownership. Fixed ideas of outcome are constantly challenged as thoughts, phrases and images are cross pollinated and ideas, processes and practice are stretched to new places beyond the limits of individual concerns. 

There are times when I have had to think about how far I am willing to stretch my ideas when "becoming our idea", but at a certain point that is forgotten and no longer important.  Sometimes I have questioned choices for work, and I have questioned how much I should resist an agreement with other collaborators. This felt like a process of living with differences rather than forcing my views, finding commonality and also having space to express ones own process and interests in the project. 

In working with other artists from other skills and disciplines such as Vicky Vergou, who has many years of experience in film and video making and editing. We have found ways to communicate through visual and body based languages. In working with Cally Trench and Philip Lee, I have found a shared language around performance and allowing Cally's curatorial ideas to develop the work.  

In many instances, I would have been happy to have experienced the dialogue and process of the group, without any outcomes. The journey has in itself, often enriched my thinking, challenging my edges and bringing me into a co-creative, intersubjective experience.