A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW
Visiting Critics Vienna on Art and their Approach to Criticism

In the framework of Verein K's residency for four international art critics Visiting Critics Vienna 2018 a panel discussion will be held on the role of art criticism.

Friday, 16. November 2018, 7pm
KUNST HAUS WIEN
Untere Weißgerberstraße 13
1030 Vienna

How does art in Vienna look from the perspective of international art critics? How do they see the role of criticism today? Are there national differences in writing about art? In the final discussion of Verein K's residency program Visiting Critics Vienna, we will address these and many more questions...

A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW
Visiting Critics Vienna on Art and their Approach to Criticism

A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW
Visiting Critics Vienna on Art and their Approach to Criticism

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CRIT CROSS: A Forum on Art Criticism

CRIT CROSS #3

CRIT CROSS is an open discussion group of current writing about art. It has the aim to create a platform for the sustainable promotion of art- and sociocritical dialogue as well as art-related topics in Vienna. Furthermore it aims to promote the ability to read and exchange critically.

 

The premise of the project is that art texts are part of a social discourse, which also lives from direct exchange and that critical reflections on art and society are essential at a time when art is under pressure of justification in the face of shrinking resources and political change.

 

CRIT CROSS takes place in the form of six meetings per year, for which texts from international and national art magazines such as Artforum, Frieze, Texte zur Kunst, Artpress, Monopol, Kunst, Spike, Camera Austria, Eikon or Springerin are selected, prepared and discussed. Occasionally, texts from newspapers such as Der Standard, F.A.Z., N.Z.Z. or New York Times are also being selected. 

 

Twice a year, international critics are invited to put their own texts up for discussion in order to allow the Viennese audience a direct exchange with international representatives of art criticism.

The events take place in Viennese art and cultural institutions (mumok, Belvedere 21, Depot).

 


Text selection

 

Texts are proposed by participants. The call for submission of text proposals takes place at the end of the previous session, a reminder per mailing list follows at least four weeks before the meeting, two weeks before the text selection will be announced.

 

From the proposals, three texts are selected for a two-hour open discussion, considering a balance between formats (essay or exhibition criticism, etc.), authors, as well as national and international art criticism. Although the classic format of the exhibition criticism should not be neglected, the selected texts are intended to open the discussion to a larger artistic or social context and thus also be relevant for readers who are unfamiliar with the exhibition or artists discussed.

 

Texts explaining, discussing or problematizing the tendencies of contemporary art or society should be given special consideration, so that not only experts can get involved in the discussion.

 

Depending on the participants, the discussions take place in German and/or English. 

 

 

 

The program is supported by the 7. District of Vienna.

Tuesday, 2. October 2018, 7pm 

Depot – Raum für Kunst und Diskussion
Breite Gssse 3, 1070 Wien

 

 

For its third edition, Crit Cross is inviting an international curator, Zarina Muhammad from the critics collective The White Pube, founded by her and Gabrielle de la Puente in 2015.

 

As a duo and individually, they have introduced the emoji review, the baby essay, Twitter and Instagram criticism and do podcasts and youtube. Recently, they were on the Dazed & Confused 2018 Dazed 100 list for “the people whose moment is now”. They criticize white artists who put black bodies on display in galleries, have their word to say about Turner Prize nominations and speak up whenever they feel something is going wrong in the art world. Their reviews are permeated by personal experience instead of simulating objectivity and they make all their incomes public on their website.

 

The two texts for Crit Cross #3 are:

 

* the position paper B2B OBJ// SUBJ// ECTIVITY,

 

* review of Tai Shani @ Tramway for Glasgow International to learn how the position plays out concretely.

 

 

CRIT CROSS #2

 

Friday, 13. July 2018, 6:30pm 

Belvedere 21
Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Wien

 

The two texts for Crit Cross #2 are:

 

Let’s be clear: “We are at war” by Mohammad Salemy, Ocula, https://ocula.com/magazine/reports/10th-berlin-biennale-lets-be-clear-we-are-at-war/ (Thanks to Christoph Chwatal for his suggestion).

 

Conversation between Steffen Mau and Uwe Vormbusch, Texte zur Kunst, Texte zur Kunst, https://www.textezurkunst.de/110/likes-and-performance/ (Thanks to Sabeth Buchmann for her suggestion).

 

 

CRIT CROSS #1

 

Thursday, 24. May, 6:30pm 

mumok, museum of modern art 

Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, Austria

 

The three texts for the first Crit Cross are:

 

Kunst: Der zwiespältige Boom der Privatsammlungen in den Museen (Profil, 13.2.2018). Nina Schedlmayer critically reflects the practice of exhibiting private collections in public museums (bit.ly/2rysyVb) (English translation available on request at critcross@verein-k.net).

 

Why is there no criticism in fashion? (Spike 55, Spring 2018). Jack Self argues that art has lost its role at the forefront of contemporary culture (https://bit.ly/2Ie71fM).

 

Anselm Kiefer and Leon Golub: Separate and Together at The Met Breuer, (Talking Pictures, 27.4.2018). Cathy Nan Quinlan discusses the absence of women in Kiefer’s and Golub’s art and the impossibility for German artists to „recreate‚ the amber waves of grain‘ so a new generation can see them, really see them and find new meaning in them“, without being accused of being a Nazi (bit.ly/2wED3w7).

 

 

CRIT CROSS #3

 

Tuesday, 2. October 2018, 7pm 

Depot – Raum für Kunst und Diskussion
Breite Gssse 3, 1070 Wien

 

For its third edition, Crit Cross is inviting an international curator, Zarina Muhammad from the critics collective The White Pube, founded by her and Gabrielle de la Puente in 2015.

 

As a duo and individually, they have introduced the emoji review, the baby essay, Twitter and Instagram criticism and do podcasts and youtube. Recently, they were on the Dazed & Confused 2018 Dazed 100 list for “the people whose moment is now”. They criticize white artists who put black bodies on display in galleries, have their word to say about Turner Prize nominations and speak up whenever they feel something is going wrong in the art world. Their reviews are permeated by personal experience instead of simulating objectivity and they make all their incomes public on their website.

 

The two texts for Crit Cross #3 are:

 

* the position paper B2B OBJ// SUBJ// ECTIVITY,

 

*review of Tai Shani @ Tramway for Glasgow International to learn how the position plays out concretely.

 

 

CRIT CROSS #2

 

Friday, 13. July 2018, 6:30pm 

Belvedere 21
Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Wien

 

The two texts for Crit Cross #2 are:

 

Let’s be clear: “We are at war” by Mohammad Salemy, Ocula, https://ocula.com/magazine/reports/10th-berlin-biennale-lets-be-clear-we-are-at-war/ (Thanks to Christoph Chwatal for his suggestion).

 

Conversation between Steffen Mau and Uwe Vormbusch, Texte zur Kunst, Texte zur Kunst, https://www.textezurkunst.de/110/likes-and-performance/ (Thanks to Sabeth Buchmann for her suggestion).

 

 

CRIT CROSS #1

 

Thursday, 24. May, 6:30pm 

mumok, museum of modern art 

Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, Austria

 

The three texts for the first Crit Cross are:

 

Kunst: Der zwiespältige Boom der Privatsammlungen in den Museen (Profil, 13.2.2018). Nina Schedlmayer critically reflects the practice of exhibiting private collections in public museums (bit.ly/2rysyVb) (English translation available on request at critcross@verein-k.net).

 

Why is there no criticism in fashion? (Spike 55, Spring 2018). Jack Self argues that art has lost its role at the forefront of contemporary culture (https://bit.ly/2Ie71fM).

 

Anselm Kiefer and Leon Golub: Separate and Together at The Met Breuer, (Talking Pictures, 27.4.2018). Cathy Nan Quinlan discusses the absence of women in Kiefer’s and Golub’s art and the impossibility for German artists to „recreate‚ the amber waves of grain‘ so a new generation can see them, really see them and find new meaning in them“, without being accused of being a Nazi (bit.ly/2wED3w7).

 

 

 

Verein K is an independent arts and cultural organization from Vienna, founded in January 2018. Verein K focuses on projects in the field of contemporary art and culture connecting diverse cultural and social interests: critical approaches to contemporary art, creating curatorial platforms as well as enabling innovative cultural practices including diverse social groups.

 
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