Episode 6: The Mobile Critical Marathon

On January 7th, 2015, I set out to see and review every show that sent me a press release and had gallery hours that day. I saw 8 shows across Toronto, hoping to chronicle the city’s artistic ecology and perform the frantic activities of critical judgement at a rapid pace, with little time for reflection. I livestreamed my in-gallery conversations with myself, and recorded them for this episode. It became a performance of critical anxiety and inarticulateness, and a manifestation of the critic's scramble to see work, and the artist's scramble to have work seen and documented.

Included here are reviews of “NEXT” at Arsenal; Giles Round, Lis Rhodes, and Tiziana La Melia at Mercer Union; Elizabeth Babyn and P. Roch Smith at loop Gallery; Allison S.M. Kobayashi and Christine Swintak at the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries; Xiaojing Yan at Red Head; “Besides, Your Neighbours” at 8eleven; Suzy Lake at the Art Gallery of Ontario and “TEMPERAMENTAL” at the Doris McCarthy Gallery.


Listen to the full episode here:

I tweeted @WILLpodcast, using the hashtag #mobilecrit. I also livestreamed the entire performance on mixlr, which you can listen to a fractured archive of at Mixlr

Check out the individual reviews below:

Posted on March 11, 2015 .