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Collaboration Culture

By Claudia Galhós

They are said to be the leading artist figures of their own countries. They are challenged to come together to invent the next big new creation that may revolutionise the art world. They come from completely different cultures, geographies and languages. The combinations they form are the most varied and improbable. All arts may be convoked in this process. All sensibilities. All backgrounds, and influences. And the unusualness of that coming together becomes itself a form of spectacle. A TV Show. Or, half reality show, half world travel show.

But what is this? TryAngle?

Let’s give some more details:

They are fourteen. In TryAngle they are twenty.

They are joined in pairs. In TryAngle they are the ones that decide what combinations to do. Pairs, trios, quartets, solos… And they move from one formation to the other.

They come together in a way that strongly highlights their cultural identities, as if promoting a country’s culture through their artistic personality and creation. In TryAngle the cultural difference is expressed in a very natural way, the same way individuality is expressed each day in the most simple and banal living attitude or in the most complex artistic experiment.

They are together for more or less a week, and they join with a very clear and precise idea of what they want to produce together. In TryAngle they are together for two weeks, and they arrive there, hopefully, with no previous idea of what they are going to do.

They have a precise goal: to create a work of art (a product of art?). In TryAngle is precisely the opposite. It aims to create a protected and free space for artists to experiment without the pressure of creating a finish and efficient product of art.

They are filmed and the experiment is transmitted in a TV channel, the same channel that decides which artists are being combined as duos. In TryAngle the outside eye – as is the case of the role of the scribe – is still an inside eye. And that outside-inside eye is more concerned in dialoguing with the artist and his ideas, and contextualise in a theoretical medium, through words, the experiments of the artists. With no market judgement.

The first one is a BBC TV Show, called “Collaboration Culture”. The second is a format that is questioning itself in the same way artists are questioning themselves, called TryAngle, and is very discrete in its exhibition and promotion.

They may produce products of art, with the impact a tv medium provides. TryAngle, with all its complexity, is really questioning life, in a very human, genuine and profound way through a unconstrained approach to imagination. TryAngle does this in a very sensible context, that also deals with the intense cohabitation of twenty very different individuals during two weeks.

So, TryAngle aims for the creation of works of art, even if their clear formulation and materialisation doesn’t happen immediately during the duration of the project or even immediately at the end of TryAngle. Is something that promises the possibility of a longer duration of it’s impact and doesn’t have to consume itself while it is happening. One other aspect, an important one, is the fact that TryAngle recreates the same principles in three different contexts in 2012: In June was in Marseille, in July is happening in Dusseldorf and in September is happening in Montemor-o-Novo. And the group of twenty artists is different at each new experience. So each time, is a completely unpredictable new experiment that creates the conditions for the emergence of completely different questions and possibilities.