Art projects fail a lot, particularly those that are participatory, public and/or social. They fail for different reasons and cause myriad revelations. Nevertheless, the structures that we use to talk about these works and contexts where they are presented often don’t leave room for discussing the failures plainly and objectively.
We’re interested in failure– in its relationship to creative production, artistic rhetoric and public presentation. We’re also interested in making work that does not fail as often by sharing our failures, and hearing yours through our Failure Archive and our Support Groups.
Still want more information? Visit the event page for the Boston Failure Support Group that inspired us that was produced by members of Platform2: http://www.platform2.info/failure-support-group/
This event was produced as a collaboration between Jaimes Mayhew, Marian April Glebes, Kelley Bell, The Institute for Infinitely Small Things, and the Transmodern Festival in Baltimore.
THE ARCHIVE OF FAILURE: ONLINE ARCHIVE
"THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH"
SUMBIT YOUR FAILURE
The Failure Support Group accepts submissions for failed art projects on a rolling basis. We are looking for projects that have failed, not because they are unfinished, but for reasons that may have been out of your control.
In order to submit, we want to make sure that you provide enough information about your project, including photo documentation (if available), so that we (and visitors to the archive) can better understand the complexities of failure. Please take some time to look through our Failure Archive before you submit. And, when you’re ready, send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Name (or anonymous)
2. Title of Project
4. 2-3 images [need to figure out a good size to have them sized to]
5. A description of why this project was a failure (250 words or less)