The Series : « Aspects of contemporary art criticism worldwide »
Whether they are articles published at the end of an AICA symposium or produced by Switch (on Paper) following an international call for papers, the texts in this dossier bear witness to the diversity, singularity and permanence of an art critic whose place remains more than ever necessary to grasp the issues at stake in the world, placing artists and culture at the heart of the debate. A partnership that materializes a community of spirit and the active support of Switch (on Paper) for art critics, whose status and future are the subject of in-depth reflection.
The Author : Çiğdem Zeytin
Publishing Partnership with AICA International
This text by Çiğdem Zeytin is published in partnership with AICA following an international call for participation launched at the end of 2019. Out of some sixty proposals for articles, fourteen have been selected and will be published from 28 August as part of Manifesta 13 Marseille within the programme « Les Parallèles du Sud ».
AICA (International Association of Art Critics) is an NGO founded in 1950 under UNESCO patronage for the purpose of reinforcing worldwide freedom of speech in the area of art criticism and ensure its diversity. Its missions include promoting the discipline in the visual arts by contributing to ensuring sound methodological foundations, protecting the moral and professional interests of art critics by defending the rights of all members equally, ensuring permanent communication among all members by encouraging national and international meetings, improving and facilitating information and international exchanges in the visual arts and contributing to reciprocal knowledge and closer understanding between differing cultures.
Associate publisher, the Emerige Endowment Fund
Emerige: a proactive patron of the arts
In the firm belief that art has the power to change our daily reality, Emerige is a corporate sponsor committed to contemporary creativity by bringing culture closer to everyone, but especially the youngest in society. The Emerige Endowment Fund encourages young French artists via its Emerige Revelations Grant Scheme and its support for arts and culture educational programmes.
As a company devoted to building more beautiful cities for everyone, Emerige also contributes to bringing more art into urban communities by acquiring or commissioning contemporary art pieces under the terms of the 1 Building, 1 Artwork charter.
Parallèles du Sud, Manifesta 13 Marseille
This series of publications published in partnership with AICA International (International Association of Art Critics) is one of the 86 projects labeled “Les Parallèles du Sud”, as part of MANIFESTA 13, which will take place in Marseille from 28 August to 29 November 2020.
Manifesta is the European Nomadic Biennial, which originated in the early 1990s in response to the political, economic, and social change following the end of the Cold War and the subsequent steps towards European integration. Manifesta has developed into a platform for dialogue between art and society by inviting the cultural and artistic community to produce new creative experiences with, and for, the context in which it takes place. Manifesta rethinks the relations between culture and society investigating and catalysing positive social change in Europe through contemporary culture in a continuous dialogue with the social sphere of a specific place.
Manifesta was founded by the Dutch art historian, Hedwig Fijen. Each new edition is fundraised individually and managed by a mix of permanent international team and local specialists. Manifesta is working from its offices in Amsterdam and Marseille.
A trend in American art that appeared in the 1960s, initially outside the usual exhibition and institutional spaces, widening the scope to include natural sites. It is characterized by the use of natural materials such as wood, water or air in creations exposed to the elements and subject to natural erosion, introducing a new concept of the duration and durability of works.
Earth Art is a variant of Land Art, which also emerged in the 1960s, and which uses the earth as a terrain and as a basic material for the creation of works in situ. These works are often monumental and extend into the landscape, leaving a permanent mark on it.
Environmental Art creates objects that are usually exhibited outdoors, with a formal translation and economy of means that are more discreet than the monumental and sometimes violent interventions of Earth Art and Land Art. Environmental Art focuses more specifically on nature than on landscape.
Emerging in the 1960s, Ecological Art is linked to the observation of contemporary environmental issues such as the extinction of biodiversity or climate change. In collaboration with scientists, architects and researchers, it focuses on the effect of human action on nature and seeks to raise awareness through in situ creations and positions in the public space.
A Western spiritual movement theorized by the American psychologist and writer Marilyn Ferguson in 1980 in her book The Aquarian Conspiracy, New Age is a syncretic blend of various practices and beliefs, drawn in particular from certain Hindu (metempsychosis – reincarnation), Indian and Tantrayana schools. It announces the transformation of individuals through spiritual awakening, and by extension, the transformation of the world.