Kristina Podesva, “Everything is Dangerous” – A Case for the Pamphlet as Criticism

Nov. 11th, 6:00 PM

Hosted by General Public Library : “Everything is Dangerous” – A Case for the Pamphlet as Criticism

Kristina Lee Podesva, editor of the Vancouver-based art magazine Fillip, argues for the possibilities of the pamphlet as a new vehicle for criticism. Within the context of Fillip’s editorial vision and publication projects she will discuss the specificity of a new pamphlet series and the broader philosophy underlying the form and function of the pamphlet. She will explore its singular and peculiar form of impassioned criticism to initiate new conversations on contemporary art inspired by the spirit of nineteenth century propagandist pamphlets.

*Taken from a quotation by Michel Foucault: “My point is not that everything is bad, but that everything is dangerous, which is not exactly the same as bad. If everything is dangerous, then we always have something to do. So my position leads not to apathy but to hyper- and pessimistic-activism.” 1983

Fillip is a Vancouver-based publication devoted to the expansion of critical discourse and conversation surrounding contemporary art and cultural production within Canada and abroad. It is published three times annually by the Projectile Publishing Society. Besides publishing a magazine, Fillip has published book titles including Autogestion, of Henri LeFebvre in New Belgrade (2009), Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism (2010), and KOMMA (2010).

Kristina Lee Podesva is a Vancouver-based artist, critic, and editor at Fillip.

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