pol·li·nate (pŏl′ə-nāt′)
v. pol·li·nat·ed, pol·li·nat·ing, pol·li·nates
1. To transfer pollen from an anther of an angiosperm to
(a stigma, flower, or plant).
2. To transfer pollen from a microsporangium of
a gymnosperm to (an ovule, cone, or plant).
[New Latin pollen, pollin-, pollen (from Latin, fine flour) + -ate.]

FAQs

_If my work is selected through the open call, do I have to physically bring my work to the meeting at IAF 2018?
No. If selected through this open call submission, we will be making an archival print of the selected image of your work (so no phone pictures please, only upload ONLY .jpg files with a max width of 2480 px and a max height of 3508 px saved at 300 dpi). 

You do not need to physically bring along your work. **

_ What is happening at this booth?
The Collection Bureau acts as an agency to evaluate a work of art. It functions as a provisional consortium in developing cultural production in a compelling manner. The project is an attempt to interrogate the complex understanding of ‘value’ of a work of art, by building a dialogue as a practice in ethics, intention, aesthetics, archiving and education, further placing it into a collection which is coherent and complete.

_What is the unit of the score?
‘IV’ (Inherent Value, intrinsic value or just Intent value).

_ What is an inherent value? How is it collected?
The value which is embedded in the work, something that cannot be affected by existing external frameworks and dwells into the artistic inspiration is referred to as it’s inherent value. The IV metric exists as a discourse crafted by the bureau and does not equate to any extrinsic value. The process of valuation depends on the artistic process seen through a critical checklist which caters to the emotional and rational ingredients of an object. The object sits on a plinth and is further speculated upon.
It is collected through a set of questions that talk about the intention behind the making of the work. The first version of this project will act as a playtest that will then be improved upon according to the findings. 

_Who are the collectors?
The system is the collector. The questions evaluate what needs to be collected.

_Who are these artists participating?
The artists participating are those who choose to engage in our experiment. 

_Why and what are you collecting? 
We are collecting articulations of works offered in response to questions that our framework comprises of, in our value-system these questions are the unitary constructions of value which we are using to acquire these articulations. 

_What is the objective for this?
Our experiment exists to elicit articulations that respond to the questions and thereby render the art context into a rational space. 

_How is it different from the conventional Art collection process?
The conventional method is based on external validation and speculation. Our method is based on inquiry, rationalization and the desire to know. 

_What all do these Artist can get to display?
They can submit anything in any discipline (performance piece, audio, video, object) in the format of an image printed with the (specifications to be written) that they construe as art. 

_How are you valuing Art or the response to these questions?
The basis of these questions is an inquiry or the desire to know.
(The set of inquiries are based on Urgency, priority, challenge, Artist’s Inspiration, Academic, Ethical concerns, Motivational, Ambitious, Success, Failure of the work) 

_How is your system special/ valid? How do you give scores?
Each panellist gives preferred ranking to each answer. An accumulative average score is then derived from the data of all panellists. The constant increase of these said panellists ensures that the scoring system remains as dynamic and fair as possible.
The question set is based on 40-60% the evaluation, 40 percent on the work and 60 percent over intention

_ Does an Artist do self-assessment as well?
Yes, answering the questions themselves does require self-assessment and introspection.

_How are you different from the other Art collectors in general?
The qualification process has been streamlined to be exactly the same for each applying artist, therefore, creating a fair system based on set values that do not focus on any monetary aspects of the work.

_What will happen to the collection afterwards?
The collection here should be seen as ‘shared knowledge’, a bank of collection practices.
After the first experiment, we would be analyzing the further course of action.

_It is just one collection or a part of a larger collection?
This collection is one of its own kind. Collection Bureau will continue to create more collections as well.

_How can one buy the collection as a whole? Will this work be auctioned ever?
At this point, the collection is a like a library of thoughts and gestures. It’s not up for sale.
We would rather use it to build a didactic approach. 

_Why should we give rights to our work to you? What will you do with my work?
We only acquire the right to share and display the image of your work and not to alter it in any way. 

_ What is the scope of this alternate system? Why is it needed?
The alternate system has to question, engage and extend the limited perspectives of the mainstream art-world. 

_How do you cater to transparency?
By allowing anybody to participate and displaying our framework that is open to suggestions

_Do you think it will work? Is it capable of finding new avenues?
Our minimum objective is to at least trigger discourse and debate. 

_ Why this word Pollinator?
A pollinator is a pollinating agent, through this project we hope to trigger a more fundamental and widely occurring debate about these topics, so we hope to pollinate new debate in this context.

_What is the scope of this project?
The Collection Bureau is an experiment that investigates the value systems governing the art world, intending to reduce the mystique and introduce more rational parameters as a discourse. 

_What are the frames?
Each frame contains an image of the work and the score sheet of the responses.
There are 120 frames in total. Which would be filled by the four days of the project.

_How long does a person sit in front of the panel?
15-20 minutes 

_How long does it take to answer the questions or how much time is allocated in answering the questions?
Maximum of 1 minute per question

(c) 2018 – A project by Jiten Thukral, Sumir Tagra and Prayas Abhinav