Criticism in Action
“Speech and action are part of one and the same complex psychological function, directed toward the solution of the problem at hand.”
– Lev Vygotsky, Mind in Society, 1930
The whirlwind that 2017 has been so far has got us thinking about the ecology of criticism and how cultural criticism and practice can intersect to effect real world change. Critical Animals is all about bridging the gap between the evolution of thought and its physical or theoretical manifestation. Open to various and innovative critical and creative expressions, this year’s festival investigates ‘criticism in action’ with artists responding to the theme through a variety of panels, performances, installations and exhibitions.
Critical Animals is open to anyone whose work experiments within the experience and interpretation of critical research. We aim to present an intellectually robust yet accessible program of audience-focused events – conversation is key. Critical Animals in particular endeavours to catalyse, strengthen, and explore the links between creative practice and theory. We have a flexible definition of research that encompasses creative, experimental, interrogative, discursive, and practice-led approaches.
Presented by Octapod and The Lock-Up, Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium is part of This is Not Art, a Newcastle-based arts festival. The symposium runs annually over the October long weekend from Thursday 28 September to Sunday 1 October 2017, presenting alongside Crack Theatre Festival and the National Young Writers Festival.