Everyone's a CriticMar 7
$12 • BUY TICKETS 8:00PM • Merrill Wright Mainstage Theater
“… the growing influence of blogs, chat rooms and message boards devoted to the arts has given the local professional critic a slew of competitors...Many arts institutions even allow their audience members to write their own critiques on the organizational website. This is a scary trend.” – Michael Kaiser, Huffington Post
Jeremy M. Barker and Andy Horwitz of Culturebot deliver a polite f*** you to Kaiser as they seek to empower all audiences to be their own critics. This one-night-only critical performance/lecture creates a toolkit for engaging with and talking about contemporary performance for everyone from the seasoned art patron to the youngest and newest of audience members. Barker and Horwitz utilize multiple sources, including performance films from the OntheBoards.tv trove, local artists and their own experiences working in the field to break down the traditional boundaries of writer, audience and artist. Come prepared to be a critic and have your say.
Culturebot is an ongoing exploration and re-imagination of the role of the critic in the 21st Century. Launched as a blog for Performance Space 122 (NYC) in 2003 and operating independently since 2007, Culturebot.org functions as an NYC-based online magazine covering contemporary performance nationally and internationally. Led by Founder Horwitz and Editor Barker, Culturebot has become synonymous with leading arts coverage, breaking important stories while providing in-depth coverage and examination of some of the major arts issues. Today they take as their mission the idea of critical horizontalism, a new framework for arts journalism that proposes an approach in which criticism is creative practice, engaging with the artist’s process over time.