Exhibitions and Events

Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism: Forum

February 27th to February 28th, 2009

Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Theatre 301, 1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism, is a two-day forum on the state of contemporary art criticism co-organized by Artspeak and Fillip. Through a keynote address by Tirdad Zolghadr and two panels made up of international critics Diedrich Diederichsen, Jeff Derksen, Maria Fusco, Tom Morton and William Wood, the forum seeks to address what is at stake in the shifting value of judgment within contemporary art writing. A renewed interest in the efficacy and function of art criticism has arisen in the last decade, embedded in art market speculation, global conflict and recent economic crises. This forum will engage with the key issues produced from these conversations, specifically returning to the role of valuation in contemporary art writing.

The forum will result in a book-length publication of papers and conversations derived from the event to be co-published by Artspeak and Fillip in late 2009.

For more information see: www.judgmentandartcriticism.com


February 27, 7pm / Keynote: Tirdad Zolghadr

Tirdad Zolghadr podcast: http://fillip.ca/podcast/2009-07-10

February 28, 10:30am – 1pm / Panel One: Kristina Lee Podesva, Tom Morton, William Wood

William Wood podcast: http://fillip.ca/podcast/2009-07-17

Tom Morton podcast: http://fillip.ca/podcast/2009-07-24

February 28, 2:30pm – 5pm / Panel Two: Jeff Derksen, Diedrich Diederichsen, Maria Fusco

Diedrich Diedrichsen podcast: http://fillip.ca/podcast/2009-08-07

Maria Fusco podcast: http://fillip.ca/podcast/2009-07-31



Contributing Speakers & Moderators

Diedrich Diederichsen lives and works in Stuttgart. His writing is seen regularly in art and culture publications, such as the magazines Texte zur Kunst, Theater heute, Jungle World, Art Forum, Die Zeit and in newspapers such as Tagesspiegel and Tageszeitung. His own books include: Argument Son – Critique electroacoustique de la societe, Sexbeat; 2000 Schallplatten; Loving the Alien (Editor); andYo! Hermeneutics-Schwarze Kulturkritik: Pop, Medien, Feminismus (Editor). He is currently professor of Theory, Practice and Communication of Contemporary Art at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna.

Jeff Derksen is a cultural critic and a poet who works at Simon Fraser University. His writing on art and culture has appeared in Springerin, Hunch, C magazine, Open Letter, Poetics Journal, XCP, amongst others. He has two books of critical essays forthcoming: After Euphoria: art / space / neoliberalism (EC Press/JPR Ringier), and Annihilated Time: Poetry and Other Politics (Talonbooks). Derksen was a research fellow at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics (CUNY Graduate Center) and is a founding member of the Kootenay School of Writing. Under the name Urban Subjects, he collaborates with Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber on curatorial projects and visual research.

Maria Fusco is a Belfast born writer and lecturer based in London. She is currently Director of Art Writing in he Department of Art at Goldsmiths and has previously worked with organisations including; Book Works, General Public Agency and the ICA. In 2004, she commissioned and edited Put About: A Critical Anthology on Independent Publishing and convened an accompanying symposium in collaboration with Tate Modern. She is a regular contributor to international visual culture magazines such as: Art Monthly, Circa, dot dot dot, frieze, i-D, 032c, Untitled, sexymachinery and Tema Celeste. She is founding editor of The Happy Hypocrite, a biannual journal for and about experimental art writing.

Tom Morton lives and works in London, UK. Tom Morton is a writer, critic, and curator. Most recently, he has served as curator of Cubitt, London, 2006-2007, where he organized exhibitions by Charles Avery, Annika Eriksson, General Idea, amongst others. He is currently Contributing Editor of Frieze magazine.

William Wood lives and works in Vancouver. An art historian and critic, Woodʼs current research focuses on contemporary art and its display, the history of conceptual and minimal art of the 1960s and 1970, aesthetics and cultural criticism. Since 1984, Wood has published on recent art in journals, anthologies and exhibition catalogues as well as holding editorial positions with a number of art publications including C Magazine, Public, Vanguard, and Parachute. Recent catalogue essays and articles have dealt with such artists as Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen, Mike Kelley, Evan Lee, Ron Terada, and the entity known as the Vancouver School. He teaches Art History at the University of British Columbia.

Tirdad Zolghadr works as a freelance curator, writes for Frieze Magazine and has also contributed to Parkett, Bidoun, Cabinet, Afterall, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Straits Times Singapore and other publications. Since 2004, Zolghadr has curated events at Cubitt London, IASPIS Stockholm, Kunsthalle Geneva, various Tehran artspaces and other venues. He was co-curator of the International Sharjah Biennial 2005, and is currently preparing a long-term exhibition and research project addressing social class in the art world that shall take place at Gasworks London, Platform Istanbul and Tensta Konsthall.

Fillip [Curator]
Melanie O'Brian [Curator]