October 15, 2002 - ART COLOGNE - Critics Symposium at ART Cologne 2002
October 15, 2002

Critics Symposium at ART Cologne 2002

Critics Symposium at ART Cologne 2002

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The Power of Opinion and the Use of Media.

Investigating Art Criticism

November 1st /2nd Rheinhallen / KölnMesse

from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact: Kathrin.Luz@t-online.de
www.artcologne.de

Critics Symposium at ART Cologne 2002

The Power of Opinion and the Use of Media.

Investigating Art Criticism

November 1st /2nd / Rheinhallen / KölnMesse

from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
International Symposium / Art Cologne 2002 [Oct 30th to Nov 3th, 2002]

With the progressive removal of boundaries from the concept of art, there has been an expansion in the so-called art business, in connection with which the function of the critic as a multiplier and transmitter of information has become a crucial interface. The state of the economy, and the superfluity of contemporary exhibitions make the reflection of these in the media a conditio sine qua non. Lately exhibitions have appeared to be designed more for the press than for the public.

Time to pause and take thought. The critic has always been a mighty authority. Is he today the secret éminence grise of the business, not just throwing out information but promoting – or even trashing – careers ? One who spins mightily along with the carousel of vanities, the more so as now new forms of cooperation between culture and industry have also come about, in which the so-called media representative constitutes the crucial needle’s eye of access to the public. How should the new role of the critic be seen – between curators, competition and capital? And what strategy can educate the “opposite numbers”, the critic’s victims – artists, curators, museums, institutions and sponsors? This symposium aims at a historical stock-taking, a self-critical reflection on the role of the international art criticism, in a dialogue of “perpetrators” and “victims”.

Programme

Friday, Nov 1st , 2002

11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Welcome

12 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lecture: Hanno Rauterberg [Die Zeit], Hamburg

“Crisis of Art – Crisis of Art Criticism? The General Situation of Art Criticism.”

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch Break

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Lecture: Diedrich Diederichsen [music and art critic], Berlin

“Art Criticism: Curse or Blessing?”

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Discussion: “About the Status Quo I: The Growing Power of Art Criticism: the Role of Art Critics in the International and Interdisciplinary Context.”

Participants: Patricia Bickers [Art Monthly], London; Christoph Blase [blitzreview], Berlin; Jörg Heiser [Süddeutsche Zeitung, frieze], Berlin; Kobena Mercer [author], London/Ghana; Thomas Wagner [Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung], Frankfurt; Moderation: Stefan Römer [artist/critic], Cologne

Saturday, Nov 2nd , 2002

11 a.m. to 12. a.m. Lecture: David Galloway [Herald Tribune, Art in America], Wuppertal , “Europe – USA: In International Comparison.”

12 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cross-examination with surprise guests

1 p.m. to 3.p.m. Lunchbreak

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Lecture: Marius Babias [Kokerei Zollverein], Essen/Berlin

“Subject Reproduction and Political Art Practise.”

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Discussion: “About the Status Quo II. Life and Art Criticism: the Role of the Art Critic between Mass Media and Museum, Artist and Curator.”

Participants: Catherine David [Witte de With, center for contemporary art], Rotterdam; Silvia Eiblmayr [Galerie im Taxispalais], Innsbruck; Amine Haase [Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger], Cologne; Elisabeth Lebovici [Libération] Paris; Roberta Smith [The New York Times] New York; Sabine B. Vogel [art critic], Weidling/Vienna; Moderation: Raimund Stecker [Arp Museum Rolandseck], Düsseldorf

Dates & Location: Nov 1st to Nov 2nd 2002, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rheinhallen KölnMesse / Art Cologne, Kleiner Auensaal

Rates: per day 15 Euro, two days tickets 25 Euro, reduced 13 Euro, individual lectures 5 Euro

Contact and registration: Neumann + Luz, Roonstraße 108, 50674 Cologne, Tel. +49.221.258 4773, Fax +49.221.258 4774, email: Kathrin.Luz@t-online.de

A project in association with Dornbracht [http://www.statements.de] and KölnMesse / Art Cologne [http://www.artcologne.de]

A cooperation with Museum Ludwig, Köln, and AFAA – Bureau des Arts Plastiques/Französische Botschaft

Sponsored by Holiday Inn Köln-Belfortstraße / Holiday Inn Köln City-West / Best Western Lyskirchen

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