• Jo-Anne Birnie-Danzker

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • Markus Miessen

    Miessen is an architect, consultant, and writer based in Berlin. He runs the collaborative agency for spatial practice Studio Miessen, and is co-founder of the architectural practice nOffice. Miessen has taught at numerous institutions, including the Architectural Association, Columbia, MIT, and the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe, Germany. He is currently a Harvard Fellow, and completing his PhD at the Centre for Research Architecture (Goldsmiths, London). His books include When Economies Become Form (Berlage Institute, 2009), Institution Building – Artists, Curators, Architects and the Struggle for Space (Sternberg, 2009), East Coast Europe (Sternberg, 2008), The Violence of Participation (Sternberg, 2007), With/Without –Spatial Products, Practices and Politics in the Middle East (Bidoun, 2007), Did Someone Say Participate? An Atlas of Spatial Practice (MIT Press, 2006), and Spaces of Uncertainty (Müller+Busmann, 2002). His work has been exhibited at the Lyon, Venice, Performa, and Shenzhen Biennials, and will be included in the upcoming Manifesta (2010).

  • 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.

  • Jordan Strom

  • Amy Zion


  • Reading Room

    February 14–March 28, 2009

    Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism, <em>Reading Room</em>

    Opening reception Friday, February 20, 8pm
    Organized by Artspeak and Fillip

    As a complement to the forum, Artspeak will house a reading room of texts, publications and journals related to issues of judgment in contemporary art criticism. The reading room will build on Artspeak’s ONSITE programming, allowing a space for study, conversation and information.

    A workbook including detailed information about the forum and panelists, as well as a selection of reprinted texts related to issues of valuation and art criticism, will be available free of charge at the reading room and at various galleries throughout the Vancouver. The workbook will function as a primer for audiences preceding the forum to encourage discussion and debate.

    For more information see:

Talks & Events

Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism Sessions

March 7–March 28, 2009

March 7, 1pm

Architect, writer, and curator Markus Miessen (Berlin), Amy Zion, and Kristina Lee Podesva will discuss architecture as political practice and the nightmare of participation. Miessen’s talk is supported through the Emily Carr University Student Symposium.

March 14, 1pm

Following up on a keynote address by critic/curator Tirdad Zolghadr, we are pleased to screen the film A Crime Against Art (Hila Peleg, 2007). Based on a trial staged at ARCO, Madrid, the film casts Zolghadr and Anton Vidokle as the defendants in a mock trial on a number of polemical issues in the world of contemporary art. This screening is presented with generosity from e-flux, New York.

March 21, 1pm

Curator Jo-Anne Birnie-Danzker (Vancouver/Munich) and Jordan Strom will discuss Birnie-Danzker’s curatorial experiences in Vancouver in the seventies and eighties, and, more recently, in Europe and Asia.

March 28, 1pm

For the final event, join us for an open discussion with critic Sven Lutticken (Utrecht). Joining us via Skype, Lutticken will discuss ways of navigating critical judgment within the spaces of contemporary art writing.