Towards a Criticality in the Now

Cassar, Ignaz. 2009. Towards a Criticality in the Now. Journal of Visual Arts Practice, 8(3), pp. 229-240. ISSN 1470-2029 [Article]

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Much has been said about the term ‘practice’ in the last decade or so: a large amount of thinking went into all sorts of terrains pertaining to the doings of practice as well as to the operational fields of those who call themselves practitioners. And much has been thought out as practice, including the academic model of ‘practice-led’ research. Notions of ‘practice’ appear in different contexts and todiffering ends: in framing the activities of an artist; in thinking about the ethical conducts of research; in catching up with the performative moments of thelive act; in pursuing the roles of a cultural practitioner; in tracing the Bahnen of deconstruction; in adhering to professional models of academia; in working suitably to disciplinary ideals… The actualities of ‘practice’ are many, its signifying space polysemic. Yet the present inevitability of this term for anyone working in the humanities must invite serious questioning as to why it has achieved such a prominent and, for some, critically acclaimed status in the arena of research. This essay wishes to challenge some of the claims, concerns and confusions relating to the spaces of art practice and their conceptual and ideological reconfigurations by the politics of a scientific research framework of the twenty-first century.

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practice; modern art theory; art education; higher education; research methods; deconstruction

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14 Feb 2014 16:50

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15 Feb 2014 13:27

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