Tom Vandeputte will reflect on the concept of critique and its relation to the idea of an exit from an untenable situation, followed by a discussion with Marija Cetinić.

As part of the development of his position as a research professor, Tom Vandeputte will give a series of three annual lectures reflecting on key concepts in his discipline, philosophy and critical theory.

The first of these lectures, taking place on Thursday, May 16, focuses on the concept of critique, discussing its history, origin, proclaimed demise and possible rearticulation. Drawing on a range of thinkers, from the young Marx to Walter Benjamin, Gillian Rose and Fred Moten, the lecture develops a concept of critique as a “theoretical practice” that stays with the experience of negativity at its core: the desire to find a way out of an untenable situation.

The lecture will be followed by a conversation led by Marija Cetinić, expanding on the argument laid out in the lecture and discussing the place of critical inquiry in the art academy. Drinks and snacks will be served after the event.

Thursday, May 16, 17.00-18.30

Room RV 218, Gerrit Rietveld Academie

The event is open to all, but please register your attendance here