Between the rise of new media and the shrinking of the old, arts criticism is evolving fast. While blogs and online forums have opened the conversation to anyone with a keyboard and an internet connection, professional critics fiercely guard their status as informed arbiters of art. What’s the difference between opinion and criticism? Does it really matter?
Criticism in the Digital Age
A passionate panel of international and local arts critics debate the nature – and future – of arts criticism, right now.
The Morning After - Making Models: The Collaborative Art of Wendy Ewald, The Somali Peace Band and Disarm
This morning, we’ll be talking about three amazing visual art exhibitions: Making Models: The Collaborative Art of Wendy Ewald, by the award-winning American photographer, The Somali Peace Band, a remarkable chronicle of a musical collaboration that reaches across the Indian Ocean, presented by Australian artist Royce Ng, and Disarm, Pedro Reyes’ uplifting vision of a world free from weapons and full of music.
The Morning After - The Shadow King
This morning, we’ll be talking about The Shadow King, an explosive Indigenous reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, King Lear. A powerful melding of Shakespearian pathos with Aboriginal language, music and dance, The Shadow King recasts King Lear as a sprawling, blood-soaked tale of two Indigenous families in Australia’s north.
The Morning After - Quartets at Sunset
Reviving Melbourne Festival’s tradition of sunset chamber music, this series sees acclaimed local and international quartets performing in the acoustically delightful surrounds of the Collins Street Baptist Church.
The Morning After - PUSH
This morning, we’ll be talking about PUSH, a breathtaking, multi-award-winning collaboration between two of contemporary dance’s brightest stars – Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant. PUSH presents four dance works by acclaimed UK choreographer, Russell Maliphant, across three solos and one duet.
The Morning After - Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker
In this session, we talk about Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker, an urgent broadside on life in Belarus’s capital: a place where sexuality is twisted by oppression, and strip clubs, underground raves and gay pride parades pulse beneath the city’s surface. Minsk, 2011 is undaunted protest turned heart-wrenching confessional, produced by a theatre company in exile, banned from performing in its heartland.