Critical Interruptions Vol I: Steakhouse Live – a book launch

Please join us for the launch of Critical Interruptions Vol I: Steakhouse Live, the first in a series of Critical Interruptions publications exploring criticism in Live Art.

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Critical Interruptions Vol I follows Steakhouse: Live Writing, a pilot project undertaken as part of Steakhouse Live’s LONGER WETTER FASTER BETTER festival in October 2016. The publication brings together artists, curators and producers, writers and critics including Palin Ansusinha, Katy Baird, Katharina Joy Book, Jennifer Boyd, Jasmine Shigemura Lee, Emma Selwyn and Malik Nashad Sharpe to think through their relationship with criticism, revealing passionately held and often conflicting opinions on what criticism is and where it resides. Critical Interruptions Vol 1 exposes this fractured state of criticism in Live Art: the fact that while the current state of affairs satisfies no one, there is little agreement on what that status quo is.

To mark the launch of the publication, its editors, Critical Interruptions (Diana Damian Martin and Bojana Janković), and Steakhouse Live invite collaborators, critics, audiences, artists, curators and producers to bring this disagreement into the public arena.

The evening will feature a performance response by Eunjung Kim, a series of provocations by Owen Parry, Libby Norman, Jen Boyd, Bojana Janković and Diana Damian Martin, and an open conversation hosted by Brian Lobel.

“We begin from the position that criticism is a political event, formed at the confluence of artist practice and the politics it lives in, attacks, reinforces or creates. We begin from the premise that the ecology of criticism is not one of journalism, but of art practice. We begin with a disregard for criticism as secluded work and instead, propose criticism as a collaborative practice.” – Critical Interruptions

Critical Interruptions Vol I is supported by Live Art UK and Steakhouse Live.

Steakhouse Live is a DIY platform for radical performance practices. It’s rough. It’s raw. Unprofessionalism is embraced. Work cuts across performance art, theatre, visual art, cabaret, sculpture, dance, drag and participatory performance.

Critical Interruptions is a collaborative project exploring live art and performance criticism. With little regards for review, we search for critical forms and strategies in dialogue with live art and performance, wonder how to develop rigorous and relevant critical writing and lure new writers into thinking about radical and experimental work. Critical Interruptions is a project by Diana Damian Martin and Bojana Janković.

Drinks will be served.

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