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The I AM FOR AN ART CRITICISM THAT… conference, about to start (click to enlarge) (photo by Hrag Vartanian)

Is there such a thing as an independent art criticism? The Rotterdam-based Witte de With Center’s symposium I AM FOR AN ART CRITICISM THAT… tackles that topic and many others in a series of panels and discussions, livestreaming today.

The stream is available here. The symposium is meant to challenge the boundaries of art writing and investigate the divide between art criticism and journalism, asking, “Should objective neutrality be secured and maintained to counter the forces of publicity?” The international lineup of guests includes writers, historians, and curators from China, Istanbul, London, and New York.

At 11 am EST, Hyperallergic’s co-founder and editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian will participate in a panel called “I AM FOR AN ART CRITICISM THAT HAS A VOICE,” exploring the different media formats that art writing comes in, from newspapers to journals and blogs. The panel also includes Amsterdam artist Barbara Visser, Basel-based poet and critic Quinn Latimer, Amsterdam art criticism professor Maarten Doorman, editor-in-chief of Antwerp’s H ART Marc Ruyters, Rotterdam critic Ingrid Commandeur, and moderator Vivian Sky Rehberg, of the Piet Zwart Institute.

The Witte de With Center’s symposium I AM FOR AN ART CRITICISM THAT… runs through November 29, and is viewable through livestream.

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