Call for participation
Critique, and by extension criticism, is a vital part of both the everyday creative-practice and teaching in the creative disciplines. The critique of creative works, such as buildings, drawings, images, or artworks, is pivotal for creative practitioners and the broader public to understand the work’s creative and cultural value. In other words, not just judgements of the aesthetic pleasure that the creative work might provide, but, more broadly, what cultural values and critical positions are expressed by the work. However, there are fewer and fewer opportunities and forums in which to mount such cultural critiques of creative practice and its production. The nature and role of critique is changing. So to the public’s perceived value of critique has waned since the 60s, and today is largely thought of as exclusionary intellectual navel-gazing that only permeates the walls of universities and academic journals. The more familiar everyday practice of debating the latest shock-jock celebrity gossip or news-cycle driven political sound-bite seems preferable to deeper and more meaningful interrogations of cultural and environmental questions. It would appear that perhaps both the critique and the critic are in need of cultural reinvention.
Critique 2013 aims to provide a forum that will to bring together engaged professionals and scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds, fields of knowledge, production, and methodological approaches to discuss and debate the role, value and future of both traditional and emerging forms of critique; such as, written critique in the form of blogs, wikis, and social media, to newsprint, to academic journals; opinion versus critique; verbal critique; relationship between critics and creative practitioners; designed artefacts as critique; and curated exhibitions as critique. Specifically, this conference aims to explore the following three broad categories of critique: