KollActiv is a platform for co-authored projects by founding curatorial practitioners Ann Harezlak and Dr. Kirsten Cooke.
Collectively they investigate the cross over between the treatment of archival objects and curatorial practice; deploying the productive friction between their diverse approaches towards the nature and display of objects.
In 2011, KollActiv began developing the project Concrete Plastic as an alternative methodology that challenges the usual models or hierarchies within contemporary curatorial practices. Interrupting and enveloping normative procedures, the curators are primary producers that have created the platform and restrictions for the project, archives and ephemera are the primary objects and stimuli for the artist’s responses.
From Fall 2014, Concrete Plastic has explored the divisions of material (artwork and archival) through reconsidered and hybridized methodologies. Concrete Plastic incorporates discussion and production, artistic practice based in the USA and UK, with local host archives and histories: intervening in the historical and contemporary curatorial discourse surrounding the ontology of the art object and archival practice.
Harezlak and Cooke have collaborated on elements of the following projects: The Promise of Something and Nothing (2015, LA); After Living in the Room of Réalités Nouvelles (2015, LA); Arrive and Likewise Depart (2014, LA, Sonce Alexander Gallery); Project Biennale (2008) a publication that was launched during the Venice Biennale and toured to different sites throughout UK; and One Night Stand (2008) at WIMBLEDON Gallery, UK.
A Curator and Art Historian (MA Critical Writing and Curation UAL), who is lives and works between Los Angeles and London. Harezlak has assisted in the development of major archival projects at Special Collections, Chelsea College of Arts Library, University of the Arts London, Tate Archive, the Henry Moore Foundation and the Ian Hamilton Finlay & Michael Harvey Archive. Her research practice explores Henry Moore’s collaboration with photographers in the 1970’s and 80’s through its associated archives. Recent research has focused on Brazilian Poesia Concreta and European Konkrete Poesie (Concrete Poetry), emphasizing the roles played by Latin American poets in establishing an international movement and its influence on the methodologies of European poets. Harezlak is also a founding member of the collective FSP.
Dr. Kirsten Cooke
A Curator and Art Practitioner (MA Critical Writing and Curation UAL), who lives and works in London, UK. Cooke is interested in locating curatorial strategies that resist the impoverishing practice of exhibitions, which reiterate neoliberal values through predetermining the images affect. Her curatorial practice employs an act of co‐authoring and editing to construct frameworks, stage events, present statements/papers and film screenings. Cooke is also part of the collective Material Conjectures, which is a co‐authored project between artist Dr. Dale Holmes and herself. Cooke ’s PhD at the University of Reading was titled ‘Art Ontology Value: staging art’s ontology within systems of value‘.