About Ensemble Ouvert
By engaging in the Ensemble Ouvert project, artists provide dynamic opportunities for their work and the work of others to generate new perspectives beyond the usual models of collaboration, exchange and authorship. It’s not about making work around one person’s vision or having someone decide what the work is about. It's about making work that is both autonomous and connected.
Ensemble Ouvert is a feedforward process of transmission, i.e work moves onward from one artist to the next without preliminary discussions about what the work means, how it should be interpreted, in what medium, or what outcome is desired.
The artists only get the full view of the 'streams' once three stages of transmission are completed. Then there can be open discussions, interpretation and exchanges.
There is no curator, no selection committee, no aesthetic stamp of approval in Ensemble Ouvert.
An intermediary (go-between person) coordinates the whole process from transmission, documentation to website postings.