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Reassembling Art Pedagogy: Pragmatism, Inquiry, and Climate Change at SciencesPo Experimentation in Arts and Politics (SPEAP)

by Jennifer Teets

Bridging the social sciences, politics, and the arts, SciencesPo Experimentation in Arts and Politics (SPEAP) is positioned at the crossroads of the disciplines, as one could define the work of its founding father—French philosopher Bruno Latour. Created in 2010 on behalf of Latour and collaborator Valerie Pihet at SciencesPo Paris, this highly selective multidisciplinary program accepts a circle of about fifteen participants (mostly thirtysomething professionals from the social sciences, the arts, and the political milieu) each year out of approximately eighty applications pooled internationally, of which nearly half are French. SPEAP is a little bit of everything—a one-year master’s program, [...] read more

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The Trouble with Art Criticism: JJ Charlesworth, Adrian Searle, Melissa Gronlund, and Tom Morton—Moderated by Teresa Gleadowe

Part of a series of panels at ICA about, well, trouble (there’s a “trouble with painting,” one with curating, and so on), this panel ended up not exactly focusing on what so many people have described as a current crisis of criticism, but rather on contexts, forms, and questions. Gleadowe opened the talk with the hardest question: “What is criticism for?” Many of the responses were hesitant—it’s for feedback, it’s a space between theory and value judgments—but Frieze contributing editor Tom Morton’s answer was spot-on: criticism is “a history of attention to ideas.” The participants also got into the nitty-gritty [...] read more

Jennifer Allen: How do we talk about art?

“Before we decide how we talk about contemporary art, we usually decide that we’re going to speak in English.” Arguably, one of the largest discussions in art criticism (or art writing, more broadly) in recent years followed David Levine and Alix Rule’s article at Triple Canopy on what they termed International Art English. When compared with Levine and Rule’s systematic drawing of conclusions from a single, very particular source (e-flux announcements), Allen’s talk on Globish—that version of English spoken by nonnatives, where descriptors oftentimes replace exact terms—is inspiring in the way she considers language. Allen proposes: “What if nonnative English [...] read more