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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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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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ArtPrize finalist Steve Lambert on why he'll give away his prize money should he win tonight: "Great art shifts our perspective on the world. Shows us another way to perceive things, broadens our thinking, and reveals other ways the world can be. It makes us more understanding and empathetic. This is why I am an artist. I want to use the prize money towards this end, and the DeVos's [funders of both ArtPrize and rightwing causes] seem to use their money for the opposite."
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In which I talk to Doug Aitken about his "nomad happening," Ed Ruscha, omelets, and a local favorite, Cornbread Harris. 
“Human beings need a starting point.” The motto for The Source, Doug Aitken’s video series on creativity’s origins, could easily be the slogan for Station to Station, the art train he’s taking across the US this month. While the trip has its concrete elements—a starting point, an ending point, some really heavy train cars—he sees it as entirely open-ended: whatever happens along the way is anybody’s guess.
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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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Austerity. Poverty. Torture. Minneapolis-based graffiti writer IMPEACH has "created an entirely new art form — behemoth metal broadsheets, tracking the news across North America.” My new piece from re-form. https://medium.com/re-form/keeping-track-8835e6bb28c7 #graffiti
The political railway graffiti of IMPEACH
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ArtPrize seems like an apt venue for artist Steve Lambert's Capitalism Works for Me project. Arguably the art world's most populist high-profile event, the annual Grand Rapids–based festival allows visitors to vote on their favorites works, with winners in both juried and public-vote categories ...
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Graffiti smackdown in Minneapolis' Powderhorn Park. Hoping the feud continues...
Punks v. Hippies: A Graffiti Call-and-Response. Graffiti reading "Kill the hippies," which appeared on a wall in Minneapolis' diverse (and admittedly lefty) Powderhorn Park neighborhood last month, recently got buffed and re-tagged. Here's the exchange: ...
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