Aula Magistral com Diana Damian-Martin

Lançar Diálogos: Crítica de Artes do Espectáculo e Esfera Pública
Colóquio Internacional de Crítica de Teatro (extensão FITEI)


Decline, Demise, Deliberation: The question of criticism in the public sphere
Declínio, demissão, deliberação: A questão da crítica na esfera pública

Aula Magistral com Diana Damian-Martin
(Royal Central School of Speech and Drama / Exeunt Maganize)
In 1989, in The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, Jurgen Habermas argues that the formation of the bourgeois public sphere in the 18th century developed through democratic deliberation and the exercising and constitution of public opinion. Habermas is influential in tracing a relationship between criticism, deliberation and political practice that, despite its flaws, has been instrumental in thinking about criticism’s role and position in the public sphere. Habermas situates criticism and gives intellectual and political weight to its capacity to operate collectively.
In 2011, art theorist Hito Steyerl argues, in Free-Fall: A Thought Experiment on Vertical Perspective, that we find ourselves in constant free-fall, a perspective that ‘throws jaw-dropping social inequalities in sharp focus’, but also ‘a shifting formation’, a productive instability. This is a different moment for criticism; one in which we declare its fall, its deterritorialisation, but also where we profess our passion for its sustained engagement and ongoing re-formation. Yet if the ground is no longer there, then where is criticism situated? And where and what are its spaces of debate?
In this masterclass, we will use these starting points to think through the question of criticism in the public sphere. How can criticism consider and actively engage with the spaces it occupies and creates in the public sphere under these circumstances? How can we revisit notions of community and deliberation under these circumstances, where spaces of critical dialogue are in constant conflict with the mechanisms of neoliberalism? And what of public opinion- is it something to be constructed, or something to be rescued?
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Diana Damian Martin (Inglaterra) vive e trabalha em Londres como crítica e escritora. É “Performance Editor” na Exeunt Magazine, co-fundadora do “Writingshop”, um projecto colaborativo, europeu, que visa examinar os processos e a política da prática crítica contemporânea. É docente de Artes Performativas na Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Diana is a critic, writer, theorist and dramaturg working in the field of theatre and performance.  She works as a Lecturer in Performance Arts at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Performance Editor for Exeunt Magazine. She is the co-founder of Writingshop, a collaborative, pan-European project examining the processes and politics of contemporary critical practice, and Institute of Critical Practice, a nomadic [non] organisation that aims to explore the ways in which criticism currently manifests itself in contemporary performance as a mode of inquiry and production, strategy for visibility and practice of dissemination.

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