Date: 17 October
Location: The Study Room at The New Institute
Address: Museumpark 25, Rotterdam
Admission: Standard 7.50 euro, students 3.00 euro
To sign up: Critics Night
‘How can culture exist in a stream of Photoshopped incontinence?’ That was the rhetorical question in Sam Jacob’s column for e-zine Dezeen. Sites such as Dezeen have opened the floodgates to a daily inundation of messages and reports about design and architecture. Countless projects are fed to us through sets of enticing images accompanied by slick press write-ups. Never before has it been so easy to show off your work to the rest of the world.
The format of sites such as Dezeen has made it possible for them to develop an earning model where they have purged themselves of expensive, personal and earnestly written criticisms. Editors have become little more than trend spotters. Amidst everything that is being thrown at us, architecture and design criticism appears to have been reduced to a series of likes, hits and retweets. Yet perhaps the Internet and Twitter also offer opportunities for new forms of critical reflection. For example, is the networked environment in fact not the perfect place for public participation and for criticism that moves more easily between and across the lines of the traditional design domains? In short, what have we lost in this digital era, and what have we gained? What opportunities are there for criticism, and what are the hazards? These are the questions that will be discussed during an interactive session organised by ArchiNed, DesignPlatform Rotterdam and The New Institute.