‘Open Dialogues: Confessions of a Critical Writer’

Monday 29 September 2008, 7pm

Open Dialogues is a writing collaboration that encourages accessible critical writing on contemporary art. Open Dialogues works on the premise that there is no such thing as truly objective criticism; artists and people who write about art belong to the same social and professional networks. Acknowledging this context, Open Dialogues asks how critical writing can develop as a practice today. Do we need a new model of critical writing?

For this talk, Open Dialogues will answer this question with their own model of critical writing, presented through case studies.

MARY PATERSON (b. 1980, London) gained her MA Film and Visual Cultures from Middlesex University (2008) and her MA in Art History from Edinburgh University (2002).

RACHEL LOIS CLAPHAM (b. 1979, Salford) gained her MA Contemporary Art Theory (2007) and a BA in Fine Art/Art History (2000) both from Goldsmiths College. Together they launched Open Dialogues in 2008, after working as writers on Live Art UK's 'Writing from Live Art' (2006 – 2008).