Even though she recognizes great value in the crit, she has harsh words for the authoritarian voice that emerges in the bad crit, one that does not allow anyone else to speak.
I strongly believe in that idea, hence doing things through practice, embodying the rigor and originality of scholarly activity as practice. The format of presenting work is completely left up to the students — they can verbally introduce the work, or they can choose to say nothing.
So, the early phase of teaching pertains to close reading and reading as a writer rather than reading, in a sense, for pleasure.A student considering and engaging the processes of close reading, of writing more, of cross-editing, of durational writing, of doing live projects in spaces where the writing is tested and the writer experiments in public, of using the voice as an editorial tool, of speaking their work aloud, is, in a sense, training. My experience of the crit was that of a hierarchical and optical event, in which an external examiner, usually a well-known critic, would come in and give his verdict on work pinned to the wall in interim and final shows. I think this idea of how one goes about doing something, i. The crit, being a psychological, detective-like, visual and most of all verbal form of critical engagement, does not seem to work the same way for different people and different practices. Yet what this paper has tried to point to is to a necessary shift in the preparation for the crit, and in the paradigms attached to the art critique in relation to art criticism. What was your starting point for what you wanted the program to do? The students expected feedback that resembled the art criticism of the outside world, they anticipated what this brilliant person would make of their practice. MF: Most essentially and honestly, that they will get better through practicing. I had experienced that through my own research, through my own work, so it seemed obvious to me that that was what it should be. The problematic nature of the power relations in the crit becomes softened through this acceptance of a community to which the practices point to, and through the elongated consideration of the work and practices presented. Unusually, criminology is within the Department of Arts at Northumbria, aspects of which are very concerned with site, and with voice, and how, in a sense, one listens carefully and interrogates, analyzes, and examines voice and site—writing skills and editorial skills. Even though she recognizes great value in the crit, she has harsh words for the authoritarian voice that emerges in the bad crit, one that does not allow anyone else to speak. A system of group tutorials was put in place in which work was distributed in advance, a practice that has drawn something from creative writing courses. Maria Fusco: What was new about the Goldsmiths MFA was that, before the course began in earnest, art writing was not an academic subject; it was the first time it was acknowledged as an academic field that had some sort of visibility.
But most of my teaching at Edinburgh involved supervising PhD students, so working on longer research projects with them, which was quite natural because of the way the art writing program was taught at Goldsmiths.
The Programme Leader finds the atmosphere to be quite supportive, and moments of silence are interspersed with discussion. In these, a three-dimensional approach is taken.
Pgin Felicity Allen Ed. The other form of crit in the BA is the convener, where there is a larger group of students, and only some of those students will be presenting work. So, where are we now?
The conversation that is engendered has to be dealt with by students and the tutors carefully. Although it can be an onerous chore, to become embedded in the sense of reading as a writer and the sense of the power and pleasure of editing is essential.A persistent questioning of authorial supremacy—as both subject and object—skirts around the production and reception of the contributions in F. From a cloud of knowledge generated through a priori thought, confrontation with the artwork and reflection, something emerges that is similar to reading multiple translations of the same poem and a critique of that translation at the same time, as has been pointed out by a practice based tutor They can be quite delicate, and the students are very sensitive when things start to go wrong. In these, a three-dimensional approach is taken. And one can either put it back together again in exactly the way it was originally and it will still function properly, or, more interestingly, take it apart and reassemble it so that it will do something slightly different, something extra. One of the key concerns of the students is lack of visibility — this is caused both by the fact they that do not have studios in which to work, but also by the very nature of production and fruition in writing practices. Set in the late 17th century, an era of absolutism, superstition, and colonialism, it narrates the story of Meztli, an indigenous Mexican woman with extrasensory powers. Have we approached the rather large weapon of Art Writing with any assurance, sniffing its weak spots, poking our fingers in them, and loving it all the more for it? This self-reflexivity, perhaps informed by the apparent loss of faith in the contiguity of the contemporary art object, therefore positions critical Art Writing in relation to it. That created a model for having a writer-in-residence in a fine art space: What does it mean to be writing in public? So, although very much living within a fine art department and with some fine art background, their interests have always been much broader than one discipline. CFT: I take it as it is. In , she will be the inaugural writer-in-residence at The Whitechapel Art Gallery www. So, the early phase of teaching pertains to close reading and reading as a writer rather than reading, in a sense, for pleasure. David, published by de Appel, Amsterdam, first issue cover, —————————————————————————————————————————————————————— F.
In the context of graduate and undergraduate art courses, the crit needs to actualize itself as a tool that takes seriously into consideration artistic practice as material presence and idea that remains stubbornly unresolved, through a kind of knowledge that is unresolved in its essence The visibility of the field and the variety of work that is produced within it continues to be surprising.
We, me, and the students, are critics—a critical ear working together to hear where the errors are.