Collaboration, How?

Gille Deleuze“You’ll get nowhere by latching onto some parallel movement, you have to make a move yourself. If nobody makes a move, nobody gets anywhere. Nor is interplay an exchange: it all turns on giving or taking.” In his essay, Mediators, Gilles Deleuze discusses the interplay between different fields of study. He emphasizes the importance of thinkers in these different fields to constantly create and innovate in their own area of expertise, but that by doing so unmistakable similarities will arise in seemingly unrelated fields of study. It is these overlaps, that I believe create the greatest possibility for collaborative thought and creation. Unfortunately, when thinkers and creators turn to borrowing rather than making and allowing for the delicate congruences to form of their own volition, the potential for innovation is hampered and stifled. As stated in a recent article in Architectural Digest, “Regrettably, however, what was once regarded as primarily a method of production is gradually becoming instead centered around consumption. That is, where originally an open-source approach was an encouragement to share, it is these days increasingly used to account for the act of borrowing.” Our current understanding and use of the open-source model presents a potential pitfall in our quest for collaborative creation. Not that this will happen any time soon, but too exaggerate the issue, what happens when all ideas are borrowed rather than created? At what point does borrowing and recycling cease to work? There is indeed a greater awareness for the need of collaborative innovation. The complexity of current innovation dictates greater dependence on work and research which has come before. Still, how can we avoid turning our increasing dependence into an addiction, a potentially harmfully oppressive addiction in terms of creativity?

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