They are an American born format which subsequently landed in Europe, in the United Kingdom. They have been one of the cornerstones of education for decades in schools such as Goldsmiths, and are progressively establishing themselves in many institutes and academies of other European countries.
A CRIT is a meeting in which artists present their work, “offering it” to a collective criticism. The CRIT public has the mandate to observe and understand the work that is presented.
The artist briefly introduces the work / project, and then the public may intervene, offering their point of view on the work, making comments or questions and triggering a dialogue with the artist.
The core of CRIT is the exchange between artist and public: CRITS are a collective ritual, and can become opportunities to negotiate shared values and meanings.
CRITS are based on the idea that group discussions can enhance the practice of the artist, bringing a degree of objectivity in the highly subjective dynamic of the private creative process. Making art is often a solitary search, and it can sometimes be difficult for an artist to evaluate if his work is on the right track, if the way he is progressing is approaching his goals. A CRIT is an opportunity for the artist to better understand his artistic practice, his work and himself.
John Baldessari, who has led CRIT classes since the 1970s, constantly reminds his students that “Art comes out of failure. You have to try things out. You cannot sit around, saying ‘I will do nothing until I do a masterpiece’. ” For Baldessari CRITS are fundamental as a moment of “demythizing” the figure of the artist and the idea of a work of art.
During CASTRO CRITS each artist will have a session of about 45 minutes. The actual schedule (from 4 to 7.30pm) will be flexible and will adapt to the discussion in progress. We invite you to stay for the duration of the presentations.
The artists who will present their works on December 18th are: