Staff Profile:


Dr. Pil and Dr. Galia Kollectiv

Position / Job Title:
Lecturers in Fine Art
Areas of Interest:

Art and Politics, Irony and Overidentification, Performance, Belief, Film and Video, Immaterial Labour, Curating, Installation, Music, Writing.

Our practice is collaborative and interdisciplinary, encompassing film, performance, sculpture, costumes, music and collage. Our work addresses the legacy of modernism and the avant garde and the relationship between art and politics. We are especially interested in the role of art and creativity in post-Fordist labour. We often use choreographed movement and ritual as both an aesthetic and a thematic dimension, juxtaposing consumerism and religious ceremonies to find the underlying rites and convictions of a secular, post-ideological society. We also run xero, kline & coma, an artist run project space. 

Recent lectures, seminars and workshops have addressed performance and video practice and theory, belief and radical orthodoxy, object oriented philosophy and sculpture, art and democracy and immaterial labour.

We graduated from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, (1995 - 1998) before gaining an MA at Goldsmiths College, London (2000 - 2001) and a PhD., also at Goldsmiths (2007 - 2013).

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2013 Suck the Living Labour, Ort Birmingham
2013 Terminal Equilibrium, Trade Gallery, Nottingham
2010 Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Te Tuhi Art Centre, Manukau City, New Zealand
2008 Svetlana, S1 Artspace, Sheffield
2008 The Future So Far, Grey Area, Brighton
2007 The Future for Less, Gallery for One, Dublin
2007 Asparagus: A Horticultural Ballet, The Showroom, London
2002 Living in Magazines, Camera Obscura Gallery, Tel Aviv

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2014 Mirrorcity, Hayward Gallery, London.
2014 Suchroutinen (Search Routines: Tales of Databases), D21 Artspace Kunstraum Leipzig.
2013 Giving Form to the Impatience of Liberty, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
2013 (Im)Material Labour, Art Exchange, Colchester
2012 There Was A Country Where They Were All Thieves, Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam.
2012 Glamourie, PSL, Leeds
2011 Utopia Limited., Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford and Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, Drogheda.
2010 Hierarchies of Allegiance, The Royal Standard, Liverpool
2010 Use & Mention: Part One, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London.
2010 Testbed 1, Beaconsfield Gallery, London
2009 Apocatopia, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.
2009 The Eagle Document: The New Collection of Enumerated Things, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London.
2009 Star Maker, E:vent Gallery, London.
2009 Roll It to Me, Collective, Edinburgh.
2009 Ventriloquist, Timothy Taylor, London.
2008 Art and the New Town, Harlow Temple of Utopias, Harlow.
2008 Futureblueperfect, Café Gallery, London.
2007 Foreign Body(ies), White Box, New York
2007 Emergency3, Aspex, Portsmouth.
2006 Slider, Cell Project Space, London.
2006 Metropolis Rise, Moganshan Art Village, Shanghai and DIAF 06, 798 Space, Beijing.
2006 Little Private Governments, University of Essex Gallery, Colchester.
2005 Will Have Done, Mill Workers Gallery, Manchester.
2005 SVO5, Studio Voltaire, London.
2005 Diamonds for Workers, Kate McGarry, London.
2004 Grey Goo, Flaca Gallery, London.
2004 Surrealestate, YYZ Artists' Outlet, Toronto.
2003 Wonderyears, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien and NGBK galleries, Berlin.
2002 Critical Home Video, Artspace, Ontario

Curatorial Projects:

2013 Radical Conservatism, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2012 File Transfer Protocol, Haifa Museum, Haifa.
2011 - ongoing Artist-run project space, xero, kline & coma, London
2008 The Institute of Psychoplasmics, Pump House Gallery, London.
2006 Modern Lovers, Three Colts Gallery, London.
2005 Turn to the Left, 291 Gallery, London
2004 DaDaDa: Strategies against Marketecture, temporarycontemporary gallery, London.
2002 Carbona, Plonit Gallery, Tel-Aviv.
2002 Atari Teenage Riot, Hazira Performance.Art, Jerusalem.
2000 Indiscotica, the Heinrich Böll foundation Gallery, Tel Aviv.
2000 Trash, Hazira Performance.Art, Jerusalem

Selected Books /Publications:
Kollectiv, G. and Kollectiv, P., "The Divided Stage: Splitting the Dialectics of Performance", in: The Sensible Stage: Staging and the Moving Image [Bridget Crone - ed.], Bristol: Picture This, 2012
Kollectiv, G. and Kollectiv, P., "RETRO/NECRO: From Beyond the Grave of the Politics of Re-Enactment", in: Memory [Ian Farr- ed.], Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012
Kollectiv, G. and Kollectiv, P., "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction", in: Fifty Key Texts [Diana Newall and Grant Pooke - eds.], London: Routledge, 2012, ISBN 9780415497701
Kollectiv, G. and Kollectiv, P., "In Place of the Smashed State Machine", in: State of Emergence [Alexei Monroe - ed.], Ploettner Verlag anad Poison Cabinet Press, 2011, ISBN 9783862110483
Atherton, Michelle, Kollectiv, G. and Kollectiv, P., "Transmission: Host - Pil & Galia Kollectiv, Artwords Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-906441-18-0
Kollectiv, G. and Kollectiv, P., "The Future is Here", in: Noble, Richard [ed.], Utopias, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-262-64069-5
Kollectiv, G. and Kollectiv, P. (eds), The Institute of Psychoplasmics, London: Pump House Gallery, 2008, ISBN 978-0-095-44674-49
Kollectiv, G. and Kollectiv, P., "Fear of a Black and White Planet", in: Wonderyears, Berlin: NGBK, 2002 ISBN 3-926796-85-5

Journal Contributions:
Kollectiv, G. and Kollectiv, P., "In the Intersection of the Angles of a Table, There is More Truth Than in All the Tangle of Muscles: Futurism as Anti-Humanist Critique", History & Theory: The Protocols, 2011
Kollectiv, G. and Kollectiv, P., "Object Orientations", Art Papers, Atlanta: 2009
Kollectiv, G. and Kollectiv, P., "Archiving the Future: Unpacking Benjamin's Collection", Coelacanth Journal, London: The Coelacanth Press, 2008
Kollectiv, G. and Kollectiv, P., "The Life of Objects", Basement Newspaper: Out of Place Day to Day, Amsterdam: De Kunstvlaai A.P.I., 2008
Kollectiv, G. and Kollectiv, P., "Irony 2.0", Mute, London: Mute, 2007 Kollectiv, G. and Kollectiv, P., "Militant Ironies: Art as a Strategic Weapon in Israel's Culture Wars", Art Papers, Atlanta: 2006


2014 "Art Will Continue to Exist Only by Inertia: On the Museum of American Art, Berlin", The Inclusive Museum, The Autry Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Beyond Subculture: Normcore and the Dialectic of Coolness and Sameness", Taste After Bourdieu, Chelsea College of Art, London
2012 "Irony and Overidentification", The Art and Politics of Irony at Université de Montréal.
2011 "Object Oriented Ontology and Art Practice", The New Vitality: Art in Human-Nonhuman Ecologies / Human-Nonhuman Ecologies in Art, Spike Island, Bristol.
2011 "Towards an Anti-Humanist Critique of Immaterial Labour, or How to Negotiate with Vampires", Audiovisual Posthumanism: Aesthetics, Cultural Theory and the Arts International Conference at The University Of The Aegean, Lesvos.
2010 "Can Objects Perform?: Agency and Thingliness in Contemporary Sculpture and Installation", Sculpture and Performance, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds and Tate Liverpool
2009 "Archiving the Future: Unpacking Benjamin's Collection" The Eagle Document: The New Collection of Enumerated Things, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London.
2009 "Untimely Meditations on Overidentification", Performance Fictions, Electric Cinema, Birmingham.
2009 "The Shared Table in Contemporary Art, East Midlands Institute, Birmingham.
2009 "ARTwork, CRITIQUEwork: some conjugations", Chelsea College of Art, London.
2009 "Artists' Collectives", Edinburgh School of Art, Edinburgh.
2008 The Political Currency of Irony, Transmission, The Showroom Cinema, Sheffield.
2007 The Politics of Battlestar Galactica conference, Buckinghamshire University, Wycombe.
2006 TEACHING/LEARNING/RESEARCHING conference, part of Academy, MuHKA, Antwerp
2006 Art and Liberty, Tate Britain, London
2006 Modern Lovers, discussion panel, Goldsmiths college, London

Residency \ Fellowship:

2011: Henry Moore Institute Fellowship
2007: Take Over Residency, Pump House Gallery, London.
2005: Cocheme Fellowship at the Byam Shaw School of Art.

Awards and Commissions:

2014: Concrete Gown for Immaterial Flows, sculpture and performance installation commissioned by the Hayward Gallery, London
2014: Arts Council England grant
2014: I-O, performance commissioned by the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
2013: Arts Council England grant
2012: Terminal: A Miracle Play with Songs from the End of the World, film, music and performance commissioned by Electra and Drugo More, Rijeka
2011: Arts Council England grant
2011: WE, performance commissioned by Kunsthall Oslo and ICA, London
2009-10: Critical Mass, performance commissioned by Tate Britain and Arnolfini, Bristol
2009: Performative Construction of a Future monument for the Dialectic Negation of a Post-Catastrophic Society, performance commissioned by the 2nd Herzliya Biennale.
2008: No Haus Like Bau, performance commissioned by the 5th Berlin Biennial
2008: Arts Council England grant
2007: London Artists Film and Video Award.
2007: Asparagus: A Horticultural Ballet, performance commissioned by the Showroom, London and the 5th Biennale de Montreal
2003: Runners up at the Becks Student Film and Video Award


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