Everything is Collective

Based in Los Angeles and Chicago, Everything Is Collective (E.I.C.) is an ongoing collaboration between three artists: Aaron Hegert, Jason Lukas, and Zachary Norman. Since 2013 the group has worked together on numerous exhibitions, publications, and web-based projects, all of which address contemporary issues in photography and image culture. Their practice is truly collaborative, and all the works they create are attributed to the group as a whole. E.I.C. has exhibited their work around the world including exhibitions at Filter Space in Chicago, Next Art Gallery in Sweden, and the Urban Arts Space at Ohio State University. Their most recent publication Deliberate Operations #3 [Full Empty] has been shortlisted for the Anamorphosis Prize and added to the collection of the MoMA Library.

Topography (Ceres)

Topography (Ceres)

Full Empty (Field Specimen - Virtual)

Full Empty (Field Specimen – Virtual)

Deliberate Operations #3 [Full Empty]

Everything Is Collective (EIC) is proud to announce the release of Deliberate Operations # 3 [Full Empty]

In the third installment of the Deliberate Operations series, the EIC continues its mission to explore the contemporary image as both record and road map with 160 pages of new photographs, digital images, appropriations, and assemblage. The book is now available, and more information and links can be found at everythingiscollective.com.

Deliberate Operations No.3 [Full Empty] begins with a cut-up essay that combines an original text by the EIC with fragments of the cult classic sci-fi novel Roadside Picnic. The premise of that novel, a society faced with the presence of powerful and often misunderstood technology, sets the tone for a series of photographs, digital images, and assemblage that approach the contemporary image landscape as a Zone of unexplained phenomena and a source of dubious economies.

Full Empty (Field Specimen - Physical)

Full Empty (Field Specimen – Physical)

Shadows Don’t Make Sense in the Zone

Shadows Don’t Make Sense in the Zone

DELIBERATE OPERATIONS is a serial publication of experimental photography produced by the EIC. Conceived as a kind of field manual or sketchbook, DELIBERATE OPERATIONS is a material record of the interactions between the concepts, materials, and images that make up the environment in which the EIC operates. Each issue involves a set of loose themes proposed by the members of the collective, but the true subject is the unexpected interaction that occurs between our visual responses to these themes. DELIBERATE OPERATIONS can be viewed as a temporary crystallization of these interactions, a map of the new topologies created by this synthesis.

Everything Is Collective (EIC) is an ongoing collaboration between three artists: Jason Lukas, Zach Norman, and Aaron Hegert. Since 2013 the group has worked together on numerous exhibitions, publications, and web-based projects, all of which address contemporary issues in photography and image making. Our practice is truly collaborative, and all the works we create are attributed to the group as a whole. Because of the special nature of this collaboration, our projects do not conform to the traditional structures that photographic work often fits into, nor can our concepts be easily explained by a simple thematic text. We treat our collaboration as a microcosm, a space where the most contentious and exciting subjects in contemporary photography, art, and culture at large can be stripped away from the Grand Narratives to which they have been assigned, and be explored in a more intentional, devious, and uncompromising way.

Full Empty (Stratification)

Full Empty (Stratification)

Ruins

Ruins

Topography (Cross-Section)

Topography (Cross-Section)

Zone Survey (Measurement)

Zone Survey (Measurement)

Full Empty (Lab Test)

Full Empty (Lab Test)

Boundary #1

Boundary #1

Topography (Test Chart)

Topography (Test Chart)

[Full Empty] Exhibition at Filter Space in Chicago, IL

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To view more of Everything is Collective’s work, please visit their website.



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