Bad Ideas Collective presents short videos by individual artists and collaborators without direct authorial attribution. The works address the internal discourses and decision-making involved in the creative process, 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 art practice.
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. Do these artworks in fact exist in a parallel reality – a “bad” world where the ideas came to fruition through alternative thought processes? To what extent anyway is the evaluation of an idea skewed by conventionalised and conservative metrics, inevitably anticipating what will be a “successful” or “unsuccessful” artwork? In a speculative imaginary art world might the important art works be independent of valuation, liberated from the assumed relationship between “good” and “successful”?
Launched in December 2020, Bad Ideas Collective is an ongoing, online project. The platform gives exposure to art works that haven’t been realised due to creative doubt or other personal reservations.