FCF is a collaborative exercise.
FCF works at all levels in a collaborative way not only thinking about the result but the process, the philosophy and the methodology before the work is even conceived.
We are willing to work through ideas and to produce a shared response after listening to each other, learning from each other, arguing with each other and seeing FCF as something that could not have been formed from an individual approach.
By exploring global issues from collaborative perspectives enforces dialogue about the local which reflects the global at all levels. FCF members have the advantage of being made up of different cultures, different ages, different backgrounds but equal status.
A crucial element of the FCF process is time. The commitment to the ideals of the projects and being prepared to devote extended time in order to make it happen.
Collaboration can have many meanings and connotations.
It is a term which carries a dichotomy. It can mean working together in a positive way to achieve a shared goal where the result is intended to operate in a synergistic or Gestalt way with the whole that is more than the sum of the its parts.
It also has a meaning relating to the voluntary or involuntary co-operation with an enemy or dominant regime. Although this latter meaning often relates to wartime occupation, it could be extended to the concept that “if you are not against the system you are part of it”.
FCF seeks operate collaboratively to use art to question the system.
Noun: collaboration; plural noun: collaborations
1. the action of working with someone to produce something.
synonyms: cooperation, alliance, partnership, participation, combination, association, concert; teamwork, joint effort, working together, coopetition.
2. traitorous cooperation with an enemy.
synonyms: fraternizing, fraternization, colluding, collusion, cooperating, cooperation, consorting, sympathizing, sympathy; conspiring.
Origin: mid 19th century: from Latin collaboratio(n- ), from collaborare ‘work together’.