The Cultural Logic of Criticality

Vishmidt, Marina. 2008. The Cultural Logic of Criticality. Journal of Visual Arts Practice, 7(3), pp. 253-269. ISSN 1470-2029 [Article]

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The text is concerned with charting the emergence of ‘criticality’ as a technology of legitimation and power in contemporary art institutions and proximate discourses. ‘Criticality’ is examined as a ‘cultural logic’ and compared to different philosophical iterations of critique for the correspondences and divergences. Cybernetics provides a model for analysing how critique becomes functional to the maintenance of existing states of affairs, then other potential political avenues for critique as rhetorical stance and praxis are evaluated through case studies.

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art, critique, culture, dissent, public sphere, institutions, systems

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Centre for Cultural Studies (1998-2017)


7 September 2008Published
13 June 2008Accepted

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12 Jan 2017 15:46

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19 Jun 2017 11:45

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