The deadline for abstract submissions to Critique 2013 is the 31st March.
All abstracts and full papers will be subject to a double blind peer-review
and accepted full papers will be published in the conference proceedings.
More information can be found in the CFP below or on the conference website
*Critique 2013: An international conference reflecting on creative practice
in art, architecture, and design*
*Call for participation*
Critique, and by extension criticism, is a vital part of both the everyday
creative-practice and teaching in the creative disciplines. The critique of
creative works, such as buildings, drawings, images, or artworks, is
pivotal for creative practitioners and the broader public to understand the
works creative and cultural value. In other words, not just judgements of
the aesthetic pleasure that the creative work might provide, but, more
broadly, what cultural values and critical positions are expressed by the
work. However, there are fewer and fewer opportunities and forums in which
to mount such cultural critiques of creative practice and its production.
The nature and role of critique is changing. So to the publics perceived
value of critique has waned since the 60s, and today is largely thought of
as exclusionary intellectual navel-gazing that only permeates the walls of
universities and academic journals. The more familiar everyday practice of
debating the latest shock-jock celebrity gossip or news-cycle driven
political sound-bite seems preferable to deeper and more meaningful
interrogations of cultural and environmental questions. It would appear
that perhaps both the critique and the critic are in need of cultural
*Critique 2013* aims to provide a forum that will to bring together engaged
professionals and scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds, fields of
knowledge, production, and methodological approaches to discuss and debate
the role, value and future of both traditional and emerging forms of
critique; such as, written critique in the form of blogs, wikis, and social
media, to newsprint, to academic journals; opinion versus critique; verbal
critique; relationship between critics and creative practitioners; designed
artefacts as critique; and curated exhibitions as critique. Specifically,
this conference aims to explore the following three broad categories of
a) *Critique* in *design education* and *creative practice* (verbal &
visual, all forms)
b) *Self-critique* in *design education* and *creative
c) *Critique* through *creative works* of *things/ideas/policy/ in the
world* (design as research)
We invite contributions from a broad range of disciplines that are
concerned with the creative and professional practice of criticism
including, but not limited to; design, the fine arts, architecture,
interior design, industrial design, urban planning, craft, media,
performance, music, exhibition curation, museology, philosophy, education,
journalism, and governance and policy.
The following themes are a guide for contributors to *Critique 2013* to
· *Advocacy & Brokerage* the role of the critique of government
policy and regulatory authorities by design brokerage organisations.
· *Journalism* the role of the critique of design in newspapers,
magazines and professional journals.
· *Social Media & online Commentary* the role of critique through
social media (Twitter & Facebook) and other forms of online, or
· *Opinion vs Critique* the changing relationship between public
opinion and objectively informed critique in creative practice, design
education and the public; language, accessibility, gatekeepers to taste,
· *Illustration* the role of critique through satire, analogy, or
metaphor, as a means to comment on design and culture.
· *Drama & Film * the role of critique in narrative commentaries
· *Music* the role of music in critically engaging in narrative
commentaries about historical and/or contemporary cultural practices.
· *Reflective Practices* roles and methods of self-evaluation by
creative practitioners in creative practice, higher education, and doctoral
· *Design critique in higher education* pedagogies and education
practices in engaging peers and students in oral and written critique.
· *Exhibition Curation as Critique* the methods and role of
critique in visual arts exhibition curation.
· *Post-critical theory* the role of critique in/of creative works
that are un-critical.
· *Judgement* the methods and role of critical judgement in
theorists such as Emmanuel Kant, Jacques Derrida, Manfredo Tafuri.
· *Critique through Creative Speculation* the methods and role of
speculative design projects as critical devices to discuss, problematise
and theorise upon potential alternative techniques, paths, and/or futures.
· *Other* anything and everything that considers the nature, effect
and affect of critique.
28 January 2013 Call for Participation
1 March 2013 Online Abstract submission opens
31 March 2013 Deadline for Abstract submission
30 April 2013 Notification of acceptance of Abstracts
31 July 2013 Deadline for Full Paper submission
1 October 2013 Notification of acceptance of Full Paper
1 November 2013 Deadline for Revised Paper submission
26/27/28/29 November 2013 *Critique 2013 International Research Conference*
We invite papers that offer new or challenging views on the subject of
critique in the creative industries. The selection process will be subject
to a double blind review process by an international peer review team.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by 31 March 2013.
Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers
(4000-5000 words including notes) by 31 July 2013.
Please submit your abstract using the Online Conference Management System
available on the conference website (www.critique2013.com).
For all other information please contact the conference conveners Dr Chris
Brisbin and Dr Myra Thiessen at [log in to unmask]
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