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Survival of the Critic: Arts Writing in 2019

Running Dog at Verge Gallery

As a young publication, Running Dog is often told that arts criticism is a dying form, and that its audience no longer exists. This event aims to find out if this claim is true.

‘Survival of the Critic’ will bring together Pedro de Almeida, Lauren Carroll Harris, and Neha Kale—three established writers and editors—to tackle the thorny issue of arts criticism in 2019.

  • Is independent and rigorous criticism economically feasible or sustainable, and do people actually want to read it?
  • Is there space for experimentation and playfulness in arts writing, and what is its value to the community at large?
  • What is the relationship between artists and curators and the writers reviewing their shows?
  • Can criticism work to create a particular ethics or politics of looking, and how do we decolonise the practice of gate keeping while still encouraging critique?

In posing these questions, we want to investigate both the constraints and freedom of the online publishing space. We want to consider fragility as a productive force, which allows us to open up the conversation around what it means to write about contemporary art.

For information about the speakers and the event head to our website!



Thursday 14 March 2019 from 6pm to 8pm



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