Making Matters: A Vocabulary for Collective Arts

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Further contributors

Janneke Wesseling, Florian Cramer, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Pia Louwerens, Marie-José Sondeijker, Aliens in Green, a.pass / Lilia Mestre, Display Distribute / Elaine W. Ho, Feral Atlas / Lili Carr & Feifei Zhou, Thalia Hoffman, Jatiwangi art Factory / Bunga Siagian & Ismal Muntaha, Eleni Kamma, Frans-Willem Korsten, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Pia Louwerens, Dani Ploeger, Kate Rich, Femke Snelting, Olu Taiwo, West / Baruch Gottlieb, West / Akiem Helmling, Z. Blace


The book is currently out of print and will be published in a second edition in early 2023. More information on the publisher’s website. A PDF is available on its publication & design Wiki.

“Collective action often changes artists’ identities and ways of working: from individuality to collectivity and collaboration, locally and globally. Artists work together with non-artists, in their local environments, taking on multiple identities such as researcher, community activist, computer hacker or business consultant. 
Making Matters looks at such art practices across all continents that do not conform to a Western concept of art and where the boundaries between art, design, research and activism become blurred or are dissolved.
The entries in this vocabulary experiment with concepts and keywords of current art practices that may no longer be recognizable as art.”

Final publication of the NWO research project Making Matters.
336 pp., English, ISBN 978-94-93246-11-9, Amsterdam: Valiz publishing, 2022.