I am 2 months into my Masters program in Arts Administration at Columbia University. What have I learned so far? A lot!
Interdisciplinary seems to be the new buzz word in the arts. And that is what is so great about my cohort. We are not just performing artists or visual artists. We come from every arts background imaginable – dance, music, theatre, visual, etc. The potential for future collaboration is palpable.
And it’s necessary. Collaborative interdisciplinary projects are becoming more and more frequent. Take William Forsythe’s exhibition “The Fact of Matter,” currently running at the Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art. While dance is not overtly involved, participants are asked to move through the exhibit without touching the floor by using gymnastic rings. From what I have gathered from the New York Times article, it seems to be an experiential exploration of movement through what Forsythe calls “choreographic objects.”
Public participation in the arts is no longer limited to traditional genres in traditional venues. The lines are being blurred. Arts organizations are finding innovative, collaborative ways to grab the public’s fleeting attention. My advice for young artists, therefore, is this: start collaborating now! Help the art world evolve by being at the forefront of this movement.