What does openness mean for scholarship, artistic exploration and science? What does it mean to be collaborative? How can we cultivate collaborative communities in the arts?
Collaboration is a pivotal practice for development and progress across all areas of society. For those working in the arts (both establishment and anti-establishment) collaboration is a necessary means of survival, support, skill sharing, growth and community building.
Collaboration has been a fundamental component to the journey of Michelle Doyle, both as a practising artist and musician and member of multiple DIY collectives.On Collaboration is an interview followed by group discussion with Michelle Doyle, as part of the current exhibition OPENLABS. Artist and Science Gallery rep Jennifer Moore ask Michelle about what collaboration means to her, how we can cultivate skills to collaborate better as artists and discuss approaches to building more sustainable communities in art and music scenes across Ireland.
Michelle Doyle is a multi-disciplinary artist working with film, sound, technology, performance and sculpture. She attended the National College of Art and Design where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art Media in 2013 and completed her Masters in Art and Research Collaboration in Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, in 2016. Her work is concerned with the ownership and politics of innovation. Past works have included an obedient city visitor centre, autonomous zones, machines that destroy everything, listening parties and noise performances. In 2018 she won the A4 Sounds Studio Residency and was awarded the 2019 Digital Residency at Firestation Studios in Dublin, where she is currently working. She is also an invited artist to the 2019 Askeaton Contemporary’s ‘Welcome to the Neighbourhood’. As a musician Michelle plays in punk band Sissy and with noise group The Healers. She also performs solo under guise, Rising Damp. Throughout her practice Michelle has been a member of multiple DIY communities and initiatives including the Karate Klub, Dublin Food Co-Op and collaborative art and sound collective, Repeater.