Tuesday 15th April 2014, 8:00pm
Session 123: „Cultural Logic of Criticality“ by Marina Vishmidt
During this Theory Tuesdays session, Pablo Müller gave a brief introduction to the essay „Cultural Logic of Criticality“ by Marina Vishmidt and we collectively discussed the main arguments of the text.
In “The Cultural Logic of Criticality,” Marina Vishmidt 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. Cybernetic theory provides her a model for analyzing how critique becomes functional to the maintenance of existing states of affairs. Finally, other potential avenues for critique as rhetorical stance and praxis are evaluated through case studies.