CRIT CROSS #8
From Hito Steyrl's criticism of the Sackler family through the «Tear Gas Biennale» statement leading a board member to step back from the Whitney’s board, public outcries kept making headlines in the artworld in 2019.
At this Crit Cross we want to step back and reflect on what’s happening. What are the forms the critique takes? What are its reasons and effects? What’s its relationship to art as art? Are there more reasons to be critical now than before or are the critics more empowered?
Tuesday, 12. November, 6:30pm
Museumsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Visiting Critics VIENNA is a residency program for four international established art critics.
It is the second edition of the program, organised by Vienna based association Verein K and AICA – International Association of Art Critics Austria in cooperation with KUNST HAUS WIEN. First edition was realised within the organisation Blockfrei in 2017.
The program will take place November 12 – 18 in Vienna.
A strong focus is on networking the Viennese and international art scene as well as on strengthening the position of the art criticism in Austria.
In the course of a seven-day program, the selected participants will be given comprehensive and profound insights into the contemporary Viennese art scene.
The residency program will consist of artists’ studio visits, off spaces, art collections, galleries guided tour through selected exhibitions, meetings with curators.
Part of the program is dedicated to cooperation with international and Austrian art magazines, where the invited art critics will publish their texts on an exhibition, event, artist related to the Viennese/Austrian contemporary art scene.
In the framework of the residency a panel discussion will be held on the Role of Art Criticism in the KUNST HAUS WIEN.
The networking and bringing together of different experts of the arts and industry Visiting Critics VIENNA aims to make a lasting contribution to Vienna as an art and cultural location by providing the Viennese scene and the critics with experience and contacts for future activities, thereby underlining Vienna‘s international perception as an important center of contemporary art is further strengthened.
The participants are nominated by a comitee consisting of AICA Austria, Nicola Trezzi (Art Critic; Director and Chief Curator of Center of Contemporary Art Tel Aviv) and Andrey Shental (Art Critic and Curator; Foreign correspondent for Flash Art International; Participant in the first edition of the residency program in 2017).
The program will be created by the mentioned committee as well as by the Verein K team both for the whole group as well individually for each participant according to her/his requests.
The professional background of the nominated critics, their geographical origin and gender balance will be taken into account.
Published articles in the framework of the Visiting Critics Vienna 2018:
The program is supported by the City of Vienna, Austrian Federal Chancellery and AICA Austria.
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.