[ARENA] FW: Critics Floating in the Virtual Sphere, December 9, 14-17 hrs., De Balie, Amsterdam
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Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 15:57:58 +0100
From: Eric Kluitenberg <epk xs4all.nl>
Subject: Critics Floating in the Virtual Sphere, December 9, 14-17
hrs., De Balie, Amsterdam
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A N N O U N C E M E N T
Critics Floating in the Virtual Sphere
Will Art Criticism Survive the Digital Age?
De Balie, Amsterdam
Wednesday December 9, 2009, 14.00 - 17.00 hrs (CET)
Doors open: 13.30
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-
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
AICA Netherlands - Association Internationale des Criticques d?Arts
De Balie - Centre for Culture and Politics
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,
Institute of Network Cultures, Hogeschool van Amsterdam.
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