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A passionate panel of international and local arts critics will debate the nature – and future – of arts criticism, right now.
While we find new ways to respond to the art around us, what’s happening to formal criticism? As the digital world sees traditional publications dwindle, and self-published opinions proliferate, arts criticism finds itself in a precarious position. The new landscape might be more democratic, but what does it mean for criticism as a profession? Has the critic become an endangered species?
Moderator Katrina Sedgwick will lead the discussion with guests Alice Rawsthorn (UK), Yun-Cheol Kim (Korea), Deborah Jones, Jane Howard and Dylan Rainforth.
Between the rise of new media and the shrinking of the old, arts criticism finds itself at a crossroad – what does the future hold for critical discourse on the arts?
The landscape for arts criticism is changing fast. While blogs and online forums have opened the conversation to everyone, professional critics fiercely guard their status as informed arbiters of art. What is the role of the expert voice in the digital age? Is there still room for the beautifully crafted review?
The Wheeler Centre and Melbourne Festival get the discussion started with a fascinating series of events involving some of our nation’s finest writers, its renowned critics and you – the most important critics of all. Together we tackle the vexed state of contemporary criticism. Join us.
The venue for this event has changed: it will now be held at the Wheeler Centre, free of charge. Bookings are recommended.
Jane Howard is the director of the Digital Writers' Festival, a contributing editor at Kill Your Darlings journal and a freelance arts journalist and critic with a focus on performance.
Alice Rawsthorn is an internationally renowned design critic, whose columns for the International New York Times are syndicated worldwide.
Dr Yun-Cheol Kim is a professor at School of Drama, Korean National University of the Arts. He is president of the International Association of Theatre Critics.
Deborah Jones retired from the Australian newspaper last year after 25 years as a writer, critic and editor working primarily in the arts. She was also executive editor for five years.
Dylan Rainforth is the editor of Art Guide Australia. He also writes a weekly visual art column for the Age newspaper and contributes to a range of Australian art magazines and journals.
Katrina Sedgwick is the director and CEO of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Previously, she has been the head of arts for ABC TV and ABC Arts online, and the founding director and CEO of the Adelaide Film Festival.
Between the rise of new media and the shrinking of the old, arts criticism is evolving fast.
While blogs and online forums have opened the conversation to anyone with a keyboard and an internet connection, professional critics fiercely guard their status as informed arbiters of art. What’s the difference between opinion and criticism? Does it really matter?
The Wheeler Centre and Melbourne Festival are bringing criticism off the page (and screen) and onto the stage, with a dynamic events series that brings together some of Australia’s finest creative writers, a cast of international critics — and you.
Join us for a morning series of ‘live criticism’ cafe events on selected Melbourne Festival shows, and an expert panel on the future of criticism itself.
We’ve enlisted some of Australia’s most creative writers – Malcolm Knox, Amanda Lohrey, Melissa Lucashenko, Chloe Hooper and Shane Maloney – to craft personal responses to the Festival’s shows for our website, for people to discuss. Delve.
Supported by ABC Arts.