Jelena Vesić: Critique in/or Crisis
Tuesday, 16 June 2015, at 6 p.m.
Project Room, SCCA-Ljubljana, Metelkova 6, Ljubljana
Assuming the current financial and political crisis to be the condition for the accumulation, acceleration and inflation of different critical gestures in various social and media fields, this lecture will examine the possible co-relations between critique and the crisis. It’s launching point will be the claims that the traditional function of art criticism is being dissolved within the current “symbolic crisis” of the art world and beyond, resulting in a redistribution of interests towards information- and exchange-based practices (of curating, blogging, participatory discussionism and forum-based opinionism, etc).
The lecture will also discuss the internal association of critique with the moment of crisis, observing critical judgment as the activity of distinguishing (“bad from good”, “truth from deception”), through which precisely its potential for separating creates the capacity to overturn the existing state of affairs and the possibility of change on the horizon of thinking.
Jelena Vesić is an independent curator, writer, editor and lecturer based in Belgrade. She was co-editor of Prelom – Journal of Images and Politics 2001–2009 and co-founder of the independent organization Prelom Collective 2005–2010. She is active in the field of publishing, research and exhibition practice that intertwines political theory and contemporary art. She is also co-editor of Red Thread – Journal for Social Theory, Contemporary Art and Activism and a member of the editorial board of Art Margins.
Organized by: Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory; SCCA-Ljubljana.
The lecture will be held in English and is part of the World of Art public programme How Critical Is the Condition of Critical Writing?
The programme is supported by: City of Ljubljana – Department for Culture; ERSTE Foundation.