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Survey: BASEKAMP

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Organization: 
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1998
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
The Basekamp team is a group of artists that co-creates projects together, sometimes in collaboration with other artists and groups. Our team also runs the Basekamp exhibition space, which focuses on collaborative projects by contemporary artists.
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$0 - $50,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Exhibition Space
Multipurpose Space [Amalgam of Multiple Artistic Disciplines]
Artist Group / Collective
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
[Version 2001-2005. This version is still on our website, though we may update it soon]: established 1998. basekamp is a non-commercial studio and exhibition space whose primary focus is to participate in the creation, facilitation and promotion of large scale collaborative projects by contemporary artists. philadelphia is an example of a city whose visual artworld is currently in the process of self-definition. We have seen this as an opportunity to use philadelphia as a home base to invite domestic and international collaborative groups in a joint experiment to develop new models of relations within overlapping art communities. our particular approach may not match practices within more established art worlds where functioning mechanisms to support challenging contemporary art are already set more firmly in place. but it is still through a wider, less place-specific dialogue about challenging conventional artistic roles and relationships that basekamp adopts alternative working models, and continues to offer its facilities as a platform for collaborative projects. [Version 2005. This version has been submitted elsewhere - on the Curating Degree Zero archive for example]: The BASEKAMP team derived their name from the exhibition space which members the group founded in 1998 and continue run in Philadelphia. The BASEKAMP exhibition space focuses on collaborative projects by contemporary artists, and the BASEKAMP team facilitates these projects as part of the the exhibition program. The idea is to provide a home base for inviting domestic and international collaborative groups in a joint experiment to develop new models of relations within overlapping art communities. The BASEKAMP team also participates in other initiatives by creating collaborative projects which exhibit internationally, often working with other artists and groups. The BASEKAMP team’s participation in critical curating is approached as an interdisciplinary team of artists and not necessarily as curators. A majority of the BASEKAMP team’s cultural involvement has taken the form of exhibition-making, reinventing who-does-what and reexamining artist roles and relationships. This manner of practice is viewed by the team as a natural outcome of their participation in the do-it-yourself alternative art space boom of the 1990’s. This in addition to an exclusive emphasis on collaboration has led the BASEKAMP team to hybridize the roles of curator, archivist, artist and audience in their work - illuminatiing the possibilities of agency and autonomy in cultural co-production.
Website Link to Mission Statement: 
basekamp.com