Dialogues: the Critics
9, 10, 11 October 2008
Registration daily from 12:30 p.m.
Program begins at 1:30 p.m.
Over the course of several months, Witte de With presents a
program of three symposia, titled Rotterdam Dialogues:
Critics, Curators, Artists. Structured to establish a
lively platform for debate and exchang e, these symposia
explore the practice of three of the central protagonis= ts of
the contemporary art world: the critic, the curator and the
artist.= Are these still the cultural actors who decide what
is made, what is see n, and whether it is any good?
The art critic will be the subject of the first symposium,
to be held on 9, 10 & 11 October 2008, titled Rotterdam
Dialogues: the Critics. These three days are structured
around a series of lectures, con versations, and panel
discussions, creating a variety of moments for dialogue
between the invited guests and the public.
Each day has an overarching theme, which is then subdivided
into more precise topics and questions:
Thursday - Expectations, looking at
questions such as editorial authority, who decides what we
read about whom? Can criticism be taught? What does the
public expect from art criticism, and what of artists'
Friday - Positions, exploring the critic's
role in relation to the artist, to the audience, and to the
art market, questioning the possibilities for criticality
and independence in a field increasingly dominated by
Saturday - Contexts, examining the
conditions that are necessary for art criticism to flourish -
what is the key to an enduring art magazine? What
possibilities can be created by DIY criticism, and how are
new media changing the audience for art criticism?
The speakers include:
Jennifer Allen (Artforum), Andrew Berardini (The
Expanded Field), Achille Bonito Oliva (art historian);
Martijn Boven ( 8weekly), Matthew Collings (artist,
BBC), Ingrid Commandeur (Metropolis M), Diedrich
Diederichsen (Prof.), Edo Dijksterhuis (Het Financieele
Dagblad), Richard Dyer (Contemporary), Dominic
Eichler (frieze), Isabelle Graw (Texte zur Kunst),
Tim Griffin (Artforum), Melissa Gronlund (Afterall),
Eva Karcher (Vogue), Koen Kleijn (De Groene
Amsterdammer), Sven LFCtticken (Prof.), Niklas Maak (Frankfurter
Allgemeine Zeitung< /em>), Sina Najafi (Cabinet), Ho
Tzu Nyen (Art Asia Pacific< /em>), Chantal Pontbriand (Parachute),
Dirk PFCltau (De Witte Raaf), Mark Rappolt (ArtReview),
Dieter Roelstraete (
Afterall), Margriet Schavemaker (Prof.), Edgar Schmitz
Georg Schöllhammer (Springerin),
Sheikh (Prof.), Judy Freya Sibayan (Ctrl+P), Nick Stillman (
Bomb), Richard Streitmatter-Tran (diacritic.org),
Jordan Strom (The Fillip Review), Pelin Tan (Muhtelif),
Eric Troncy (Frog), Jan Verwoert (frieze),
Michal Wolinski (< em>Piktogram).
Time: Registration daily from
Program starts daily at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: 1 day
ticket: €10, 3 day ticket: € 40 (€25*)
reduction for <18, >65, students, Friends of Witte de
: Witte de With, 3rd floor