Extra CurricularArt and culture reading group
This reading group offers an opportunity to discover and debate current trends in art and cultural theory. Each month an artist or writer is invited to propose a text that has informed his or her work and to lead an informal discussion around the themes and questions it poses.
Ahead of their Spoon Fed micro-funding event and the Christmas season, Anna Searle Jones and Victoria Tillotson of Bristol-based cooperative the Collect lead a discussion of gift exchange, reciprocity and alternative economies in response to a selection from Marcel Mauss’s seminal text The Gift (1923).
Participants are encouraged to read the introduction and first chapter of the essay, but all are welcome whether you've read the whole text or nothing. The Collect are also posting related research on their blog to give an overview of the issues to be discussed.
The Collect is a cooperative of creative producers working out the role and nature of collaboration through the act of collaboration itself. It encourages generous exchange, exponential growth and peripatetic linking. The Collect generates words, gestures, pow wows, virtual encounters, substantial actions and, above all, invitations. It is a source and a resource.
The Collect is Anna Searle Jones and Victoria Tillotson, with Richard Edkins, Becky Hall, Gareth Jones, Nemia Maclachlan, Ben Owen, Phil Owen and others.