Launching December 2020

Kristaps Ancans / Jolanta Basova / Rolina E Blok / Ian Bourn / Koenraad Claes / Mark Dunhill /
Marc Hulson / Nicola Lorini / Tamiko O’Brien / Catriona Robertson / Alex Schady / Mia Taylor



Bad Ideas Collective is a new, ongoing online project. The platform gives exposure to art works that haven't been realised due to creative doubt or other personal misgivings, introducing audiences to the internal discourse and decision-making involved in the creative process.

To launch the platform, 12 contemporary artists have produced short videos that reflect on projects which they held back from developing for reasons other than purely practical obstacles - for example either because of perceived inadequacies in the concept, or due to speculation over audience responses.

The videos are presented without direct authorial attribution, as a means of shifting audience engagement away from questions of production and ownership. The emphasis is on the candid disclosure of the play and processing of ideas - how they are evaluated and either used or abandoned in the creative process. Within this quasi-confessional framework a kind of collective formal freedom might emerge: a speculative post art-world space where the ghosts of discarded possibilities drift and intermingle, cut loose from the moorings of authorship and value.

Bad Ideas Collective is open to submissions: if you would like to contribute a Bad Idea please visit the about section on the website for more info. Following the launch of Bad Ideas 1-12, subsequent editions will be published online, on an ongoing basis.



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