Bad Ideas Collective is a new, ongoing online project. The platform gives exposure to art works that haven't been realised due to creative doubt or other personal misgivings, introducing audiences to the internal discourse and decision-making involved in the creative process.
Artists produce short videos that reflect on projects which they held back from developing for reasons other than purely practical obstacles - for example either because of perceived inadequacies in the concept, or due to speculation over audience responses.
The videos are presented without direct authorial attribution, as a means of shifting audience engagement away from questions of production and ownership. The emphasis is on the candid disclosure of the play and processing of ideas - how they are evaluated and either used or abandoned in the creative process.
Within this quasi-confessional framework a kind of collective formal freedom might emerge: a speculative post art-world space where the ghosts of discarded possibilities drift and intermingle, cut loose from the moorings of authorship and value.
Kristaps Ancans, Jolanta Basova, Rolina E Blok, Ian Bourn, Koenraad Claes, Mark Dunhill, Marc Hulson, Nicola Lorini, Tamiko O'Brien, Catriona Robertson, Alex Schady, Mia Taylor.
Bad Ideas Collective is open to submissions: if you would like to contribute a short video reflecting on your Bad Idea please contact for full details of how to submit.
In partnership with Five Years