Archives for category: Conversation Topics

Here are a couple of .pdf documents of articles that relate to the Jerry Salz “democratization of art criticism through online chat” phenomenon.

The Many Friends of Jerry Saltz


There is also this brief video connected to the Bravo TV show “Work of Art”, ( and I am sure many of you may have visited his writing on the New York magazine’s Vulture blog (for example: then or at other times.  I think these are interesting because they not only raise questions about what contemporary critique is, in both a specialized and general sense, but also about the nature of virtual communication.

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This is a great video of a presentation at the Walker Art Center this last summer by Stephen Duncombe. The title of the talk is “Utopia Is No Place: The Art and Politics of Impossible Futures”. The suggestion came from Sean Starowitz after the recent presentation at Grand Arts by Rob Walker, and it stirs up a lot of interesting questions about how change might happen via magnetism towards something rather than an impulse away from something else. It is 65 minutes long including audience questions. Here is the link:

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We held our first meeting at Grand Arts in Kansas City, on Saturday December 4th, 2010. This is the list of conversation topics that were suggested by everyone in the gathering. I have grouped some different participants’ suggestions together where there was congruency.

+ several people spoke about their interest in focused conversations in response to a shared stimulus such as an article or a topic that could be researched beforehand

+ several people spoke about a desire to connect with others about sustainable lives. self-sustenance, beekeeping, food, community gardening etc.

+ alternative community spaces

+ the role that Kansas City plays in the larger nation, a sense of place

+ conversation itself, how to create conversation groups that are less homogenous, conversations across boundaries. multigenerational

+ the feminine aspects of community structures and connection

+ globalisation, transnationalism, translation

+ environment, ecosystems, land use, water use

+ how we have become what we are, evolution of the cultural/social fabric

+ gender identity

+ walking

+ contemporary art topics, art ecosystems

+ comuunication beyond words, aspects of visual communication that transcend polarization

+ technology in our lives

+ smallness and the ordinary

+ immediacy and its relationship to sustainability

+ local current events

+ dreams

+ dance, culture, leisure, work

+ compassion, sharing, oneness with spirit, wholeness, completeness

+ magic

+ emotional frontiers, emotional maturity. emotional self-awareness

+ alternative economies

+ listening, observing what we choose to remember. take into ourselves, listening for what has been lost in daily life

If you were not able to be part of this initial gathering, but would like to refine or add to this list. please post here… xo