Is this the Golden Age of Collaboration?
Well, that’s a pretty large claim, but it does seem that over the past few years I’ve come across more and more collaborative books, chapbooks, and other projects. Collaborative artworks have been around as long as art, so yes, I know this is not new. And I can name several that I’ve read over the years. Books mostly.
Even with all sorts of caveats (Lyrical Ballads, etc), though, it does seem we’re in a time of renewed interested in collaborative works, and this does seem to be across aesthetics, as well. Is something up? Is something going on? If so, what?
Here’s the most recent project I’ve come across, from At Length:
I'd like to have a list of the collaborations that are out there. It's fascinating to see their various approaches to authorship, from The Rejection Group's hoods and shadows to something like the above, with names on the work itself, where it's less collaboration than, well, like they describe: telephone.