Critical Writing for the Media Arts

Peter Hujar, Candy Darling on Her Deathbed, 1973

Critical Writing for the Media Arts
Instructor: Justin Waddell

2-day workshop schedule:
Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 12 – 5PM
Saturday, December 5, 2015 @ 12 – 5PM

Workshop is free to attend but will have limited space so it is first come, first serve.
To register for the workshop, please contact us at or 403.263.2833.

This critical writing workshop for media arts will help introduce participants to some of the contemporary issues and debates related to the current state of art criticism as well as provide a venue for developing a kind of writing that challenges both the writer and their audience to move beyond hollow, descriptive, and often uninspiring critique. As a group, the workshops will engage texts by Yvonne Rainer, Miranda July, Jennifer Doyle, Mike Kelley, Chris Kraus, and others with the hope of exciting writers to begin to take risks, experiment, and find confidence in the value of their own experiences, thoughts, and feelings. Specific attention will be paid to writing and artworks within the field of media art however, anyone interested in conversations regarding the body, difficulty, performance, and fiction in art, should consider participating.

Texts developed through this workshop will have a chance to be considered for publication in EMMEDIA’s next Anthology of Critical Texts, edited by Justin Waddell.

About the Instructor:

Justin Waddell graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design and received his MFA in Integrated Media from the University of Windsor. He has worked in various capacities at several artist-run centres, festivals, galleries, and magazines in Canada including Prefix Photo, Trinity Square Video, Lola Magazine, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the New Gallery, and the Gendai Gallery at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center. He has served as the Director of Programming at YYZ Artists’ Outlet, the Director of the Stride Art Gallery Association, and more recently as a Board Member of the Calgary Cinematheque, M.S.T. Performative Art Festival, and as a founding Board Member with the every-age art and music venue, Local Library in Calgary, Alberta. Currently, he is a on the Board of
Directors of EAR (Elephant Artist Relief), a society that provides practical resources to visual artists to help sustain their wellbeing and livelihood, as well as the Editorial Committee of Luma, a quarterly online publication about independent film and media art. His work and research is rooted in the development of a personal narrative of experimentation and process. Right now, he is researching the history of inventors killed by their own inventions. Waddell currently lives in Calgary, Alberta where he is an Associate Professor in the School of Visual Art at the Alberta College of Art and Design.

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