Exhibition Dates: September 6 - November 2, 2011

Opening Reception: September 8, 5-8pm, part of ArtCrawl, Columbia College's annual fall artwalk

CoLaboratory examines the nature of collaborative art by creating a visual record of this process and exploring the cultural constructs that support it. Using video projections and mobile structural interventions, projects by Chicago artists' collaboratives ED JR. and (ƒ)utility projects were created independently within each group, and are integrated here with reference to this space and the interactions encountered in the development of the exhibition. Visitors are invited to adjust the structures on which video projections are shown, amending and re-forming the evolving images as they move. Four gallery events will allow visitors to participate in ED JR.'s painting practice. The videos from these interactions will be screened later in the exhibition. CoLaboratory will address the inherent frictions and challenges of collaboration, as well as its fruitful outcomes.

CoLaboratory is curated by Annie Morse with ED JR. and (ƒ)utility projects.

Exhibition Programming:


Artist Lecture: The Uncommon Nature of Artists as Collaborators, with ED JR. and (ƒ)utility projects collective members PaolaCabal and Edra Soto, Monday, September 26, 6pm, Conaway Center
Closing Reception:
Wednesday, November 2,5-7pm. The completed exhibition will be celebrated.
Painted Video Session, open workshops* with ED JR.:

Thursday, September 8,5-6pm
Thursday, September 22, 6-8pm
Saturday October 1, 3-5 pm
Thursday October 27, 6-8 pm
* These workshops are open to the public and to Columbia College classes. Please RSVP to
Café Society:
Thursday, September 22, 4-6 pm 
Academic Partners: CoLaboratory and related programming is co-sponsored by the Department of Multicultural Affairs and Critical Encounters.
Exhibition Contact: Mark Porter/

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Press and Reviews:

Chicago Tribune review
Gapers Block review
Jettison review

Purchase the Catalog:

Colaboratory, $6.00


ED JR Painting Session from DEPS Galleries on Vimeo.

Critical Encounters