We presented a collaborative lecture,departing from Florian Schneider’s statement, that we have to establish a new understanding
of the term ‘together’ when we talk about contemporary dynamics of working together. We will probe the meaning of togetherness
in the form of a collaborative lecture and discuss Jean-Luc Nancy ́s proposal of a community without common mission and its
potential for artistic modes of working together. Which kind of “We” emerges if people collaborate without subordinating themselves
to a common identity? What is happening if they do not merely become representatives of what they have in common?
Collaboration undecides regimes of identity, production and representation. It does not only inevitably call the authorship
of a work into question but moreover challenges the methods of work. This is why uncommon ways of collaboration are so attractive
for a broad field of production, that is interested in innovation and experimentation. Our lecture aims at giving insights
into specific collaborative methods that were developed in the frame of choreographic projects – such as the method of reformulation
(of the Artistwin deufert + plischke) or the experiment of working together alone of the Cooperativa performativa in Rumania.
We will touch upon Gesa Ziemer ́s concept of complicity and the issue of self-organisation and put our thoughts in relation
to our own artistic practices and collaborative experiences as members of two distinct collaborative platforms: “Sweet and
tender collaborations” and “Kollaborateure”. Mariella Greil and Martina Ruhsam work together in difference. Our contribution
intends to stretch beyond a dialogue, and yet we are not a group though. Our temporary “we” is constructed exclusively around
the shared effort (attempting the realistically impossible) to respond to the 10 questions on collaboration that we had articulated
in our previous contribution to the symposium On Collaboration I.