This collective, it was revealed at Unseen, is actually a performance piece by French artist Camille Lévêque. For the past three years, she has posed as an all-female collective LIVE WILD, which she said collaborates almost entirely in virtual space, via a closed database. Spread across Ukraine, Lebanon, Armenia, the United States, the seven so-called members have access to a drive where Lévêque posts visual prompts for each participating artist to work from: a specific photograph or pattern to manipulate, a new material to use, or a technique to experiment with. Working “in echo with one another,” as Lévêque said, has yielded a coherent, recognizable aesthetic.
Like many other artist collectives, LIVE WILD was modeled after young artists who felt the need to come together after art school, when making art became a solitary activity and the realities of forging an art career work sunk in. Though each member pursues her own artistic practice—based in her respective country—their shared database becomes a form of community and inspiration, where work generated through the group can inform each individual’s growth as an artist.