• Jeff Derksen

    Jeff Derksen, (b. 1958), is a cultural critic and a poet who works at Simon Fraser University. Derksen graduated with distinction from the David Thompson University Center in 1984 with a bachelor in Arts and Science. 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.

  • Diedrich Diederichsen

    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); and Yo! 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.

  • James Elkins

  • Fillip

    Fillip is a publication of art, culture and ideas released three times a year by the Projectile Publishing Society from Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information see:

  • Maria Fusco

    Maria Fusco’s most recent book is With A Bao A Qu Reading When Attitudes Become Form (Los Angeles / Vancouver: New Documents, 2013), a collection of short stories The Mechanical Copula (Berlin / New York: Sternberg Press, 2011), published in French as Copulation Mécanique (Paris: éditions ère, 2012). She is also the founder/editorial director of The Happy Hypocrite a semi-annual journal for and about experimental art writing and is currently a Chancellor’s Fellow at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh and was Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

  • Jeff Khonsary

  • Sven Lutticken

    Sven Lutticken is an Amsterdam based writer, critic, and historian. He contributes regularly to catalogues and art magazines such as Artforum, New Left Review, Afterimage, and Texte zur Kunst.

  • Tom Morton

    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.

  • Melanie O’Brian

    Director/Curator of Artspeak 2004–2010.

  • Kristina Lee Podesva

    Kristina Lee Podesva is an artist, writer, and curator based in Vancouver. She is the founder of colourschool, a free school within a school dedicated to the speculative and collaborative study of five colours (white, black, red, yellow, and brown) and co-founder of Cornershop Projects, an open framework for engaging with economic exchange. She is also Co-editor at the Fillip Review.

  • William Wood

    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.

  • Tirdad Zolghadr

    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.

Talks & Events

  • Book Launch

    September 28, 2010

    8pm at Fillip, 305 Cambie Street, Vancouver

  • Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism Forum

    February 27–February 28, 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:

    FEBRUARY 27, 7PM / Keynote: Tirdad Zolghadr

    Tirdad Zolghadr podcast:

    FEBRUARY 28, 10:30AM – 1PM / Panel One: Kristina Lee Podesva, Tom Morton, William Wood

    William Wood podcast:

    Tom Morton podcast:

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

    Diedrich Diedrichsen podcast:

    Maria Fusco podcast:


Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism

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Title: Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism
Writers: Jeff Derksen, Diedrich Diederichsen, James Elkins, Maria Fusco, Sven Lutticken, Tom Morton, Kristina Lee Podesva, William Wood, Tirdad Zolghadr
Editor: Jeff Khonsary, Melanie O’Brian
Category: Criticism
Design: The Future
Printer: DieKeure, Belgium
Publisher: Artspeak, Fillip Editions
Year published: 2010
Edition: 1000
Pages: 176pp
Cover: Paperback
Binding: Perfect Bound
Process: Offset
Features: Edge painting, green
Weight: 159 g
Dimensions: 19 x 11.5 x 1.5 cm
ISBN: 978-0-9738133-6-4
Price: $20 CDN

Artspeak and Fillip are pleased to launch Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism. The result of a public forum and reading room (held in 2009 at Emily Carr University and at Artspeak respectively) that investigated the role of valuation art criticism, this publication features commissioned texts by forum presenters and respondents: Jeff Derksen, Diedrich Diederichsen, James Elkins, Maria Fusco, Sven Lütticken, Tom Morton, Kristina Lee Podesva, William Wood and Tirdad Zolghadr. Examining the efficacy and function of art criticism, the publication focuses on the role of judgment in contemporary art writing and includes transcriptions from forum discussions with the Vancouver audience.

Co–edited by Jeff Khonsary and Melanie O’Brian and co–published by Artspeak and Fillip. The book is distributed by Motto Distribution, Berlin and available directly from Artspeak and Fillip.

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