Kolaj produces online forums and multi-day events that bring the community together, celebrate collage, and investigate contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society through artist talks, workshops, discussions, demonstrations, and presentation of academic research.
Kolaj Fest New Orleans is a multi-day festival and symposium about contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society that brings together art professionals at museums, galleries, and centers as well as academics, writers, and artists to explore critical issues around collage. The next Kolaj Fest will be June 7-11, 2023.
In 2018, Kolaj Magazine initiated World Collage Day, an international celebration of collage on the Second Saturday of May. We invited artists and art venues to hold events on that day to celebrate collage. We saw fifty events in twenty-five countries and thousands of posts on social media using the hashtag, #worldcollageday. For this annual event, Kolaj Magazine publishes a special edition, works with an artist to make an “Official Poster”, and publishes a website of events and projects. The next World Collage Day is May 13, 2023.
In response to COVID-19 and the postponement of the 2020 edition of Kolaj Fest New Orleans, we created Kolaj LIVE Online, a series of virtual programs in the form of forums, panels, workshops, artist talks, studio visits, and other activities that allowed people to come together, learn and talk about collage, and connect in real time to the collage community. Kolaj LIVE Online saw over 500 unique participants attend a dozen virtual events that took place between July and September 2020. Average event attendance was 75 people. We continue to host virtual forums on as the opportunities arise.
The recordings from past events are uploaded to our website and Youtube channel.
Kolaj LIVE events are weekend-long, real time manifestations of Kolaj Magazine and Kolaj Institute in cities around the world.
Kolaj LIVE Milwaukee took place on July 30th to August 1st, 2021 at Saint Kate—The Arts Hotel.
Kolaj LIVE Knoxville took place on November 5th to 7th, 2021 at the Knoxville Museum of Art.
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Consider this: The book, not the gallery, may be the best place to experience collage. This sentiment has broad implications for how collage artists work and how their work is received by an art world whose orientation is decidedly fixed on the gallery wall. Can the book provide the functions that the exhibition has historically provided to artists? Unlike an exhibition where original work is on display, a book depends on reproduction for its distribution. Will the public accept a book as an experience of artwork or even as an object of art in and of itself? And if we accept the book as being on par with the exhibition, how does that affect how we think of the history of art publishing that has come before?
These are the questions explored at the COLLAGE::BOOKS Symposium in 2019, a day-long meeting of artists and art professionals interested in the book as art practice, art work, or as a vehicle for diffusing and sharing ideas about art.
The event led to a book using examples from Kolaj Magazine‘s collection of collage books and work by presenters at the symposium.