Collaboration / Participation/ Collective

Terms such as participatory, collective, cooperative, and collaborative are often used interchangeably when talking about methods or methodologies. For this task, please provide an example from your own practice or elsewhere that conveys your understanding of these terms. Starting with definitions to then unpick what is meant by the individual terms.

Participation: pɑːˌtɪsɪˈpeɪʃn/ - The act of taking part in something.

This seems the most general of the terms below, and is concerned more with the actual act itself rather than the outcome. A participant could be someone helping with your project for a short term on a given assignment or role or somebody working with you on a long term basis.

 

 Hannah collaborating with me on my Sustainable Prospect module work looking at the family albums of my friends.

Hannah collaborating with me on my Sustainable Prospect module work looking at the family albums of my friends.

Cooperative: kəʊˈɒp(ə)rətɪv/ - Involving mutual assistance in working towards a common goal.

This seems more about the project being of mutual benefit or of a mutual idea between all participants aimed at finishing the task together and all with the same end point.

Collective: kəˈlɛktɪv/ - Done by people acting as a group.

Ive been reading a bit about Photography Collectives recently and I am still intrigued about how they work. Admittedly they have all been commercial photography collectives which somewhat confused me as they will all be very different in styles of working and aesthetic. Perhaps promoting yourself under the collective banner and then sharing proceeds form work brought in by the collective is a better way of doing it?

Collaborative: kəˈlabərətɪv/ - Produced by or involving two or more parties working together.

This is where I would see myself sitting with my work. In the Sustainable Prospects module I spent a great deal of time one on one with people discussing family albums and choosing images to share. I felt this was a true collaborative effort where the aim of the project was set out at the start and roles clearly defined.