In the arts, art criticism is largely marginalized and today primarily fulfills a service function. On the basis of aesthetic indifference that the postmodern culture has left behind in the arts, the question arises anew, what roles art criticism could or should play. An interdisciplinary dialog is sought to ask the following question: What role has art criticism played? Is there presently a crisis in art criticism and if so, since when and why? Why has art criticism developed at all? Is art criticism constituent and essential for contemporary art? What can and should feuilleton-style art criticism, and what can’t it achieve? Does autonomous art need autonomous criticism? Could the Internet be a platform for such an economically and institutionally autonomous art criticism?
Both scholars and active art critics participate in the symposium with lectures. Slated to attend are Peter Bürger (former professor of literary studies, Berlin), Christian Demand (Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg), Jörn Peter Hiekel (University of Music, Dresden), Max Paddison (University of Durham, UK), Hanno Rauterberg (DIE ZEIT, Hamburg), and Wolfgang Ullrich (State School of Design, Karlsruhe). Initiator of the symposium is Harry Lehmann, who was a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2007/2008.
Please register with Anne Vollenbröker, email@example.com,
Tel. +49 (0) 711 99 61 91 34. Free admission.
Thursday, June 18, 2009: 8 pm
Friday, June 19, 2009: 9.30 am – 6.30 pm
In cooperation with the magazine Merkur.
With kind support of the Klett-Foundation.