Our role as cultural producers, academics, administrators, budget managers, communication managers, artistic directors, is to move beyond the pragmatic and conceptual division between artists and audiences. This division between artists and audiences is problematic for two reasons. Firstly, it upholds an empirical and hierarchical rationale for the production and dissemination of art that goes against what cultural producers could and should do to expand notions of liveability, sustainability and equality within the practices they support; secondly it does not reflect what the most interesting contemporary artists are in fact doing. What implications does this have for leadership? Using recent collaborative artistic projects as case studies, I will argue that making practice that moves beyond the temporal and spatial division between production and reception also has significant implications for the practices and politics of leadership.
Dr Andrea Phillips is PARSE Professor of Art and Vice-Prefekt of Research at the Valand Academy, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts. Andrea lectures internationally and writes about the economic and social construction of publics and markets within contemporary art, the manipulation of forms of participation and the potential of forms of political, architectural and social reorganisation within artistic and curatorial culture. Previous to her role at Valand, Andrea was Professor of Art and Director of the Art Department Research Programmes at Goldsmiths, University of London where she remains as a Visiting Professor.