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“I think that I had the privilege of witnessing a unique case in art history: a street performance that was completed in response to its very repression,” writes Cuban writer and Havana Biennial co-founder Gerardo Mosquera of Tania Bruguera’s late-May arrest by police, which followed a 100-hour public reading of Hannah Arendt’s "The Origins of Totalitarianism." http://www.walkerart.org/magazine/2015/tania-bruguera-artivism-gerardo-mosquera-cuba
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Videos from last week's #Superscript15 conference are now online, including keynotes by James Bridle and Ben Davis, talks by +Veken Gueyikian , Carolina Miranda, Ayesha Siddiqi, Marisa Mazria_Katz, Christopher Knight, Ryan Schreiber, and others.
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Interested in next week's Mn Artists/Walker Art Center conference, Superscript: Arts Journalism & Criticism in a Digital Age? KFAI talks with me and conference co-organizer +Susannah Schouweiler about it:
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"What is being implied when our music vocabulary suddenly flowers to include bop, drill, hauntology, blackgaze, hypnagogia, and seapunk? How do we talk about music when so much of what we listen to now feels so transitory and historically inconsequential?" Tiny Mix Tapes' Marvin Lin on music criticism in a digital age. http://www.walkerart.org/magazine/2015/marvin-lin-expiring-aesthetics-new-music
Music these days, right? The amount of music being released or performed has always exceeded the amount of time required to listen to all of it, but the pace at which this is happening now makes our current musical climate ridiculously incomprehensible—which is to say: literally beyond the grasp ...
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Hyperallergic and Walker Art Center Partner for Superscript Blog Mentorship Program

To put ideas discussed at the Superscript arts journalism and criticism conference into practice, Hyperallergic is partnering with the Walker Art Center to announce the Superscript Blog Mentorship.
To put ideas discussed at the Superscript arts journalism and criticism conference into practice, Hyperallergic is partnering with the Walker Art Center to announce the Superscript Blog Mentorship.
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With technology making more and more of our lives intangible—from streaming music to paperless newspapers—what does it mean for a museum shop to be selling artist-made products that have no form? Tiny Mix Tapes' +Marvin Lin  looks at the Walker's Intangibles.
On March 17, the Walker's design director Emmet Byrne and shop director Michele Tobin released Intangibles, an online collection of intangible products/artworks created by artists and designers. We a...
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When a white, male critic wrote that African-American artist Alma Thomas’s art echoes “the special middle-ground pleasures of domestic life,” ARTS.BLACK’s founders had a question: How might this assessment look different if written by a Black art critic? Reflecting on their site’s mission, Taylor Aldridge and Jessica Lynne discuss the power of the digital in countering dominant critical narratives. http://www.walkerart.org/magazine/2015/artsblack-where-are-the-black-art-critics
For all its eye-appeal, what especially interests me is how casually the picture seems to be made—just a bunch of haphazard red brushstrokes sitting on a yellow ground. That distinguishes it from any number of precedents: from the extreme care and discipline of tidy formalists such as Barnett ...
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What will arts criticism and journalism look like in 10 years? We asked Tyler Green, Brian Droitcour, Willa Koerner, Antwaun Sargent, and others....
Between technology's continuous advance and a (hopefully) narrowing global digital divide, the future of online cultural publishing—arts journalism, criticism, artistic presentation, and even experience—is hazier than ever. How will we be reading and writing about art in 10 years' time, ...
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"Mapping design history in real time overlays history on streets usually dominated by commercial considerations." Critic Alexandra Lange on Instagram archi-tourism, the third commission for the Walker Art Center's Superscript Reader.
When I'm invited somewhere new, the first thing I do is go to Google and type in “[city name] modern architecture.” Mexico City, San Francisco, Sarasota. It's a way to structure my time and a quick aide-memoire. Some cities I don't even have to Google. Mention Detroit and I'll say ...
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Quoted by Columbia Journalism Review: check that off the bucket list!
The New York Times film critic A.O. Scott, writing in 2010 about the shrinking ranks of arts critics, said that
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With women and people of color under-represented in tech and contemporary art, Kim Drew spotlights 18 global artists of color who use new technology.
“We have no new masters because digital technology is more than an invention, tool, or genre,” wrote Jerry Saltz recently in his review of the New Museum Triennial. “It is a whole new landscape, a new biology, one that is changing us as much as we are changing it—and could one day live on the ...
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