Collective Investigation Comes to the Kohler

April 12, 2018

Join artist (and former UW-Madison photography faculty) Matthew Bakkom as he shares Collective Investigation, a collaborative method through which groups explore collections of printed material and discover shared affinities.

In a group process not unlike Exquisite Corpse, the Surrealist drawing game, Collective Investigation upends the traditional idea of a collection by asking users to assemble disparate ideas and books into a new entity.

Developed over the course of the last 20 years, Collective Investigations have taken place in libraries and museums such as the Walker Art Center, The Queens Museum, The Prelinger Archive and, most recently at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn.

Each investigation lasts approximately 2.5 hours and is limited to 10 participants.

Bakkom’s visit will feature 2 investigations: the first from 7:30 to 10 pm, Wednesday, April 18th and the second on Friday, April 20 from 10 am to 12:30 pm.

Participation is free and open to the public. Please assemble at the Library circulation desk prior to the event. To RSVP or for more information please contact