Power of Opinion and the
of Media - Investigating
Symposium at ART Cologne 2002
and 2. November 2002
the progressive removal of boundaries from the concept of art, there
been an expansion in the so-called art business, in connection with
the function of the critic as a multiplier and transmitter of information
become a crucial interface. The state of the economy, and the super-
of contemporary exhibitions make the reflection of these in the media
conditio sine qua non. Lately exhibitions have appeared to be designed
for the press than for the public.Time to pause and take thought. The
has always been a mighty authority. Is he today the secret éminence
of the business, not just throwing out information but promoting - or
trashing - careers ? One who spins mightily along with the carousel
vanities, the more so as now new forms of cooperation between culture
industry have also come about, in which the so-called media repre-
constitutes the crucial needle's eye of access to the public. How
the new role of the critic be seen - between curators, competition
capital? And what strategy can educate the "opposite numbers",
victims - artists, curators, museums, institutions and sponsors? The
aims at a stock-taking, a self-critical reflection on the role of the
art criticism, in a dialogue of "perpetrators" and "victims".
Rauterberg [Die Zeit], Hamburg "Crisis of Art - Crisis of Art Criticism?
General Situation of Art Criticism."
Diederichsen [music and art critic], Berlin "Art Criticism: Curse
"About the Status Quo I: The Growing Power of Art Criticism:
Role of Art Critics in the International and Interdisciplinary Context."
Patricia Bickers [Art Monthly], London; Christoph Blase [blitz-
Berlin; Jörg Heiser [Süddeutsche Zeitung, frieze], Berlin; Kobena
[author], London/Ghana; Thomas Wagner [Frankfurter Allgemeine
Frankfurt; Moderation: Stefan Römer [artist/critic], Cologne
Galloway [Herald Tribune, Art in America], Wuppertal , "Europe - USA:
Babias [Kokerei Zollverein], Essen/Berlin "Subject Reproduction and
"About the Status Quo II. Life and Art Criticism: the Role of the
Critic between Mass Media and Museum, Artist and Curator."
Catherine David [Witte de With, center for contemporary art],
Silvia Eiblmayr [Galerie im Taxispalais], Innsbruck; Amine Haase
Stadt-Anzeiger], Cologne; Elisabeth Lebovici [Libération] Paris;
Smith [The New York Times] New York; Sabine B. Vogel [art critic],
Moderation: Raimund Stecker [Arp Museum Rolandseck],
project in association with Dornbracht [http://www.statements.de] and
/ Art Cologne [http://www.artcologne.de]. A cooperation with
Ludwig, Köln, and AFAA - Bureau des Arts Plastiques/Französi-
Botschaft. Sponsored by Holiday Inn Köln-Belfortstraße / Holiday
City-West / Best Western Lyskirchen.