Come Together

The Rise of Cooperative Art and Design

Francesco Spampinato


     8 × 10 in (20.3 × 25.4 cm)
256 pages
400 color illustrations
Publication date: 11/15/2014
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616892685

The past twenty years have seen a new generation of artists working together in small groups and large collectives to explore new avenues of art, design, performance, and commerce. In Come Together, author and visual artist Francesco Spampinato assembles an international roster of forty of today's most exciting and influential collectives, from design studios like Project Projects and political performance artists The Yes Men to flash mob provocateurs Improv Everywhere and the multimedia artists Assume Vivid Astro Focus. Alongside visual portfolios of their best work are in-depth interviews addressing each group's unique motivations, processes, and objectives. What emerges is a shared desire to turn viewers into producers and to use commercial mass-media strategies to challenge prevailing social, political, and cultural power structures. Come Together is an essential resource and inspiration for students, art lovers, and anyone interested in the cutting edge of visual culture.
  • The first nonacademic book on the topic of collectivism in contemporary art and design
  • Presents collectives from a broad spectrum of creative disciplines, including visual arts, design, street art, new media art, fashion, music, and architecture
  • Interviews act as mini manifestos for each group, most of whom write about their process for the first time

Francesco Spampinato is a contemporary art and visual culture historian, writer, and artist. He teaches at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, and previously taught at Parsons School of Design and NABA, Milan. His writing has appeared in Apartamento, Flash Art, Kaleidoscope, L'Uomo Vogue, and Waxpoetics. . He lives and works in New York.

Editorial Reviews

San Diego Home & Garden magazine:

"An approachable and ultimately fascinating study into collective creation centered around visual and performance arts, architecture and design."

Surface magazine:

"A thorough and accessible primer on the world of collective creativity today."


"Come Together is a timely resource that gathers together information on collective art groups or art that is or has been created by a group of individuals ... For the casual reader, Come Together can open the door to collective art groups and spark interest, while the serious researcher can use it as a foundation for further inquiry. Summing up: Recommended."

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