Those lovely folks over at The Double Negative have been at it again, curating the following event with Liverpool Biennial.
A day of expert debate around why critical writing is important in a mature and thriving arts landscape.
Curated by The Double Negative and Liverpool Biennial as part of the Biennial Public Programme 2012.
At a time of rapid technological and cultural change, we increasingly take to new media for information. With everyone able to write or start a blog, where does this leave traditional art criticism? The Medium is The Medium asks whether open participation points to more democracy and a richer debate. Special guests include Miranda Sawyer (The Culture Show, The Guardian), Cherie Federico (Editor, Aesthetica Magazine), Rachel Jones (writer, The Double Negative), Edgar Schmitz (lecturer in Critical Studies, Goldsmiths) and Franceso Manacorda (Artistic Director Tate Liverpool).
Read Creative Tourist's article on the event, 'Liverpool Biennial: art blogs vs the critics': http://www.creativetourist.com/news-culture/news-and-blog/liverpool-biennial-art-blogs-vs-the-critics
Miranda Sawyer (born 1967) is an English journalist and broadcaster. She moved to London in 1988 to begin her career as a journalist on the magazine Smash Hits.
In 1993, she became the youngest winner of the Periodical Publishers Association Magazine Writer of the Year award for her work on Select magazine. She formerly wrote columns for Time Out (1993–96) and The Mirror (2000-3), and was a frequent contributor to Mixmag and The Face during the 1990s. She is now a feature writer for The Observer and its radio critic. Her writing appears in GQ, Vogue and The Guardian and she is a regular arts critic in print, on television and on radio. She was a member of the judging panel for the 2007 Turner Prize and the panel that awarded Liverpool its Capital of Culture status.
In 2004, Sawyer wrote, researched and presented an hour-long documentary for Channel 4 about the age of consent entitled, Sex Before 16: How the Law Is Failing. In 2006, she made a highly personal documentary for More 4 on abortion rights in the US, A Matter of Life and Death, as part of its Travels With My Camera strand.
Her first book Park and Ride, a travel book on the Great British suburbs, was published by Little, Brown in 1999.
She is also an occasional guest on the UK arts programme Newsnight Review on BBC2, The Culture Show (BBC 2) and also BBC Radio 2's Radcliffe and Maconie Show.
Cherie Federico is Managing Director and Editor of Aesthetica Magazine. Aesthetica is a British arts and culture magazine. Founded in 2002, Aesthetica Magazine covers literature, visual arts, music, film and theatre. It has 60,000 readers and national and international distribution. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Aesthetica was founded by Cherie Federico and Dale Donley, when they were students at York St John: A College of the University of Leeds (now York St John University) in 2002.
Cherie thinks the art of conversation is truly important. She enjoys good coffee, nice people, travelling, speaking foreign languages, art exhibitions, gigs, films and walks in the countryside. Her favourite place that she’s visited is a little town in southern Italy. One of her favourite films is Il Postino.
Francesco Manacorda was appointed Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool in April 2012. He was previously director of Artissima, Turin's international art fair, and a curator at London's Barbican Art Gallery. Manacorda graduated with a MA in Curating Contemporary Art in 2003 and is now visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art. He has been working with Artissima since 2010. As well as his work in London, he previously curated pavilions at the Venice Biennale art show.
Tate Liverpool, which attracts around 600,000 visitors a year, opened in 1988 in a former warehouse on the city's waterfront.
Rachael Jones is a freelance copywriter and social media manager based on the Wirral. After gaining
a degree in English Literature from Newcastle University in 2008, she began assessing the various
career options available to her. Eventually settling at From the Red Carpet, a rad film news website,
she discovered an ideal platform to develop and showcase her natural flair for social media while
indulging her fanaticism for all things film. She also works as a web copywriter for clients across the
world, and feels incredibly lucky to be making a living doing what she loves.
When she’s not up all night chasing deadlines, Rachael enjoys sampling new flavours of cheesecake, the art of punnery, being perpetually connected to the Internet and filling her house to the rafters with various pieces of charity shop tat. If you asked her she’d call herself a writer, web aficionado and cineaste, but her primary expertise lies in all things Twitter.
Edgar Schmitz is an artist, the co-director of A Conversation in Many Parts, an international discursive platform for contemporary art and concepts, and a lecturer in Critical Studies at Goldsmiths. Recent exhibitions include British Art Show 7 – In The Days of the Comet, Hayward Gallery and touring (2010/11), extra added bonus material, FormContent (2010), Dictionary of War, Steirischer Herbst Graz (2006); A-C-A-D-E-M-Y, Vanabbemuseum Eindhoven (2006); and Liam Gillick: ‘Edgar Schmitz’, ICA London (2005).
He has also written extensively on contemporary art, with contributions to Kunstforum international, Texte zur Kunst and artforum as well as contemporary, tema celeste and numerous catalogue essays, including texts on Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Phil Collins, on Brian Jungen’s animalities, on humour in Deleuze and Slominski, and on Sarah Morris’ LA. His book on Ambient attitudes is under negotiation with Sternberg Press, Berlin/ NY.
Liverpool Biennial - The UK Biennial of Contemporary Art. For ten weeks every two years the city of Liverpool is host to an extraordinary range of artworks, projects and a dynamic programme of events. It is the largest international contemporary art festival in the UK.
Liverpool Biennial unfolds through a programme of exhibitions and projects that lead to a rediscovery of the city. Newly commissioned and existing artworks and projects are presented in diverse locations, including unusual and unexpected public spaces as well as the city’s galleries, museums and cultural venues.
The Double Negative - Passionate about the arts in Liverpool and beyond. The Double Negative is an online magazine featuring the latest arts, design, film & music coverage in the Liverpool City Region. Our mission: to hold a mirror up to the creativity of the city and reflect it, uncovering and exposing the best of the city and the talent based here.
Camp and Furnace - A new kind of venue. Pop-up, fold-down, drive through. We’ll be rolling out an exciting programme of events over the coming year as well as adding a bar/eatery, photographic studio and boutique caravan hotel. Events to watch out for include Art installations, exhibitions and performances; theatre, cabaret, comedy and music; street food markets, dinners, pop-ups and food slams; arts festival village; thrift market and a vintage bike shop. Why not add your own?