Michelle Browne reflects on the Inter Art College Placement Programme
‘What matters is the exemplary character of production, which is able first to induce other producers to produce, and second, to put an improved apparatus at their disposal. And this apparatus is better the more consumers it is able to turn into producers – that is readers or spectators into collaborators’
– Walter Benjamin – ‘The Author as Producer’
Create, as the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland, has an interest in this notion of an improved apparatus that Benjamin talks about. In their promotion of a genre of art making that engenders cultural inclusion and through the Inter Art College Learning Development Programme, Create invests in the development of skills around collaborative practice. In 2008 they are managing this programme for students from National College of Art and Design, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin Institute of Technology and Tisch School of Performing Arts, New York University. Beginning at an early stage in the career of young artists and engaging with a variety of groups, Create is equipping both artist and community to explore the possibilities of collaboration.