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hrs., De Balie, Amsterdam
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Critics Floating in the Virtual Sphere

Will Art Criticism Survive the Digital Age?

International Seminar
De Balie, Amsterdam

Wednesday December 9, 2009, 14.00 - 17.00 hrs (CET)
Doors open: 13.30

Live webcast:

The digital revolution has profound effects on the status of art  
criticism. With newspapers and other printed media in decline, the  
traditional platform for critical reflection on art has shrunk or  
shifted towards electronic (web-based) media. At the same time the  
presence of art criticism on the internet is mostly limited to the ? 
blog? ? a format that celebrates an impressionistic, subjective and  
often populistic point of view. More substantial forms of web-based  
criticism are still rare to be found.
Broader changes in the culture could be responsible for this. In the  
current climate the voice of ?classical? criticism is associated with  
an authoritative, paternalistic tradition. In the universe of web  
2.0, consumers no longer tend to accept that authority.

Another effect of the internet revolution is that information about  
artists, artworks and exhibitions is now abundantly available online.  
Critics facing the challenge of covering the ever-growing number of  
biennials and other large-scale exhibitions all over the world, may  
feel tempted to stay at home and write their ?reviews? without  
actually visiting the exhibition they write about. According to some  
reports, this critical practice is become more and more common.

Is there a future for serious, in-depth criticism in an internet- 
dominated society?
Has the need for art criticism completely disappeared, or has it  
merely changed? Does the internet offer possibilities for serious  
criticism beyond the limitations of the blog? Do new media arts and  
net.art show us the way? Is the interactive, social networking  
capacity of the internet at all used in this context, or even  
understood? Is the web really replacing print or is this a false  
How do art critics respond to these changes and challenges?


Georg Sch?llhammer, editor in chief of Springerin and curator of the  
Documenta 12 Magazines project.

Regine Debatty, writer and editor of we-make-money-not-art.com.

Arjen Mulder, writer and media theorist.

Jennifer Allen, art critic.


Maria Hlavajova (Basis voor Aktuele Kunst Utrecht)


Wednesday December 9, 2009, 14.00 - 17.00 hrs
Doors open: 13.30

Admission free | Reservation recommended

Live webcast:



AICA Netherlands - Association Internationale des Criticques d?Arts

De Balie - Centre for Culture and Politics

Supported by:

Lectoraat Kunst en Publieke Ruimte, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam;
Lectoraat Kunstenaarstheorie?n en de Artistieke Praktijk, Hogeschool  
van Beeldende Kunsten, Muziek en Dans, Den Haag;
Lectoraat Beeldende Kunst van AKV / Sint Joost / Avans Hogeschool,  
Den Bosch;
Institute of Network Cultures, Hogeschool van Amsterdam.
Metropolis M

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