Criticism as Political Event
Towards a Poiesis of Critical Practice
16th January @ 5.00pm
My research is concerned with examining the politics of contemporary critical practice in performance and live art, locating the critical moment as a practice “against certainty, in the second between two seconds” (Hélène Cixous).
In this presentation I engage with Jacques Rancière’s challenge to mastery as a form of domination and his articulation of a society in which the distribution of the sensible denotes both a partitioning and a commonality as essential modalities of contextualising the eventness of criticism embodying inherent dualities within its architecture. There is a domain of sensible knowledge that can be made visible through the critical gesture, assuming that resistance forms an integral differentiation of spectatorship, a being together apart; an encounter more deeply rooted within both the Subject and object that sees a fold within its politics. I will consider the ways in which distance can be reconstituted as dissensus within the politics of the critical encounter, touching upon questions of situatedness that can propose the delineation of a critical practice.
Diana Damian is a London-based performance and live art critic and curator. Her PhD research examines taxonomies of critical practice, locating the political within the critical process and deconstructing the critical encounter. Diana is Performance Editor at Exeunt and founder of Post: Critical Practice, a platform dedicated to exploring the meeting point between performance, curation, criticism and the digital sphere. She is a regular contributor to publications in Europe and the UK, and is part of an EU funded collective of writers exploring the forms criticism can take in contemporary performance and visual art practice in a series of performative interventions and artist collaborations.