Add Comment: Designing Critique in Public Forums
Friday 28 November 2008, 19.00-22.00
Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory is pleased to invite you to join the symposium Add Comment: Designing Critique in Public Forums. Add Comment is an evening exploring forms of critique and the exchange of ideas in contemporary participatory culture, particularly in the context of the web 2.0 environment. Considering the contradictory terms—such as “public friendship” and “private public”—that define this social and cultural sphere, we would like to inquire into possibilities for alternative social forms and different modes of critique that enable constructive dissidence and conflict to be produced.
The dialogue of the symposium will be taken as the source material for the script of an online test-forum to be structured and composed by a group of students from the department of graphic design at ArtEZ, The Arnhem Academy of Art and Design, which will be accessible to the public after 13 December (www.addcomment.org).
Reservation is recommended (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Design Negation  is a research team at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, dedicated to the investigation of populist politics in both the Netherlands and abroad from the perspective of design and theory.
Mia Jankowicz (London/Amsterdam) is a curator and art critic, currently participating in the Curatorial Programme at De Appel in Amsterdam. She was a curator at Gasworks in London and recently co-organized, with Anna Colin, the project Disclosures, on the notion of openness across fields of cultural production at large.
Annette Krauss (Utrecht) is an artist who realized the project 'Hidden Curriculum' together with Casco in 2007. In projects that include a recent collaboration with Petra Bauer, 'Read the Masks. Tradition is not Given.' at Van Abbemuseum, she explores the possibilities of dissent against social and cultural norms.
Florian Schneider (Munich) is a filmmaker and writer. He was one of the initiators of the campaign Kein Mensch ist illegal at Documenta X in 1997. Subsequent projects include the No Border Network and the onlineplatform kein.org. His current research project, Imaginary Property, examines issues of ownership and open-source.
Add Comment is co-organized with ArtEZ The Arnhem Academy of Art and Design and Vinca Kruk.