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Experiments in Criticism Symposium

Toronto

Please note: In light of the public health concerns surrounding COVID-19, we have been required to reassess our plans for the Experiments in Criticism Symposium. We have arrived at the unhappy consensus that, though the symposium is not cancelled, we will not proceed with running it on the originally scheduled dates in May 2020. New dates will be announced at a future time.

In Experiments in Criticism, we bring together writers, critics, curators, artists and other artistic practitioners and culture workers to reconsider how we approach the work of criticism by experimenting with practices of approaching, looking at, reflecting on, thinking about, talking about, writing about and otherwise responding to contemporary art and culture.


h5. Presented by C Magazine with the support of:
AGO
TMAC


Durga Chew Bose, Keynote Address:
Jackman Hall, AGO
Date TBA
317 Dundas St. West, Toronto


Presentations will continue Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 at the Toronto Media Arts Centre (36 Lisgar St., Toronto). Complete schedule TBA.


How can we encourage, facilitate and produce deep, meaningful engagement with the objects, texts and experiences that we encounter in the art world and beyond? What practices foster this production? In Experiments in Criticism, we bring together writers, critics, curators, artists and other artistic practitioners and culture workers to reconsider how we approach the work of criticism by experimenting with practices of approaching, looking at, reflecting on, thinking about, talking about, writing about and otherwise responding to contemporary art and culture. Through workshops, panels, roundtables, performances, screenings, lectures, and other programming and space-making, participants consider what it means to cultivate an environment of experimentation and productively complicate processes of perception, reflection, discussion, and writing about contemporary art today. Experiments in Criticism is less interested in creating more “experimental” critics per se, and more interested in challenging didactic, categorical and canonical thinking, toward a more capable, inclusive and polyvocal critical landscape.


EXPERIMENTS IN CRITICISM is a yearlong education program devised by C Magazine to nurture and promote interdisciplinary critical literacy around contemporary art. Participants in a series of workshops aimed at youth aged 18 to 30, developed with and guided by community leaders, explore unique approaches to art criticism. Workshop leaders have include artists, writers, critics, performers and activists, including Peter Morin and Ayumi Goto, Syrus Marcus Ware, Lindsay Nixon, David Balzer and Aliya Pabani. For more information, visit: ec.cmagazine.com


C Magazine acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Council for the Arts’ Sector Innovation program. We also wish to thank the sites, venues and various organizations that participate in and support the Experiments in Criticism program.

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