Past event

29 October to 30 October 2016

Seen & Heard:
Public Displays &
Public Discourses

29 October to 30 October 2016. Free entry.

Seen and Heard: Public Displays and Public Discourses
A critical writing workshop convened by The Physics Room

10am-5pm, Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 October 2016, The Physics Room

Registration is free but spaces are limited. Preference will be given to those studying at tertiary institutions within Canterbury. Please contact to book your place.

This workshop takes mainstream media visual arts coverage as its point of departure to discuss the notion of public criticism. Drawing on recent media 'controversies' around public art in Ōtautahi, Christchurch, the workshop will pose questions regarding the value and role of arts coverage in non-specialist media in relation to more specialised formats.

On Saturday, small panel discussions and presentations will be given by writers, reviewers, and critics who contribute regularly to a range of publications and platforms in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Panelists and presenters include Dr. Leon Tan (Unitec), Dr. Zita Joyce (University of Canterbury), Anthony Byrt (Metro & Artforum), Sally Blundell (The Listener), Rosabel Tan (The Pantograph Punch), Lana Lopesi (#500 words), Aaron Beehre (Ilam Press), Gwynneth Porter (Log Illustrated), Heather Galbraith (Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University & SCAPE Public Art), and Dr. Lara Strongman (Te Puna o Waiwhetu Christchurch Art Gallery).

On Sunday, we will workshop speculative and experimental writing formats and modes of distribution for critical texts. Informing these actions will be questions including:

• How do we act with generosity in an environment that is generally unsympathetic to contemporary art?

• How do we – or can we – shift the focus of MSM dialogue away from cost and towards value?

• Who has access to these conversations?

The Physics Room is an incubator for writers and critics and encourages meaningful dialogue around visual arts and culture. Writing produced in response to the workshop discussions may be included in a subsequent publication.

Image taken from comments on "$800k Antony Gormley statue acting as a weed catcher", Accessed 18/10/16.

Schedule: Seen and Heard: Public Displays and Public Discourses (pdf)