Dorota Jarecka, Marek Bartelik, Daniel Birnbaum, Jonas Ekeberg, Birgitta Rubin and Mårten Arndtzén.

Art criticism in the future media landscape


22.3 2013


Great changes are underway in the mass media. In the wake of the digital revolution, newspapers are facing serious challenges, according to the optimists, or their imminent death, according to others. How does this affect public debate and art criticism – and art itself?

Earning a living by writing about art is hardly likely to get easier when newspapers are forced to cut all their expenses, for lack of comparable digital business models. And if the space for professional art criticism shrinks in the daily press, how will this impact on radio and TV coverage? Meanwhile, the internet offers virtually limitless potential for communication and interaction. How can art criticism avail itself of this, and how will criticism be influenced by the new parameters?

These are a few of the questions we will deal with in the afternoon discussion. The panel represents experiences from the situation in Scandinavia, Poland and the USA, from the daily press, the internet, radio, TV and leading art magazines.

Welcome address by Ann-Sofi Noring, Co-Director of Moderna Museet.
Opening address by Christian Chambert, President of AICA Sweden.

Short talk by Marek Bartelik on the situation in the USA, also highlighting the international perspective. This will be followed by a round table discussion.
Moderator: Mårten Arndtzén, art critic at Swedish Radio.

On the panel

Marek Bartelik, New York, President of AICA, critic for Artforum.
Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Moderna Museet.
Jonas Ekeberg, Oslo, editor of the web publication Kunstkritikk.
Dorota Jarecka, Warsaw, art critic for Gazeta Wyborcza.
Birgitta Rubin, Stockholm, art critic and art editor for Dagens Nyheter.