Artistic Research Forum
London, U.K.

Critical Symposium is an artistic research forum that convenes once a month virtually to engage in critical discourse with multidisciplinary artists and creative practitioners from around the globe within the premise of critical, responsive and research-based art practices to locate practice with research and to foster interdisciplinary knowledge, collaboration and exchange.︎︎︎

Review Publication︎︎︎
Session Recordings︎︎︎
Research Repository︎︎︎
Open Call︎︎︎

Our second Critical Symposium, entitled Politics and Poetics of Care︎︎︎ considered the defining and blurring of boundaries in relation to these two terms. Does our current political attitude to care negate the poetic or can the poetic cause a shift in the political? We considered care when enacted as part of a paid or unpaid ‘job’, care as something we might enact and consume: a cyclical symbiotic interaction. We spoke too, on the categorisation of the bodies that have care bestowed upon them and those that are left without it and finally, care in the aftermath of trauma: how it might heal, bring anew and make space for growth....(read more)︎︎︎

- Text by Alice Harry

24 February 2024
13:00 - 14:30 GMT
CS4: Temporal Planes (upcoming session)︎︎︎
Hazel Yizhuo Jiao,
Lauric Mahé-Stephenson, Eileen White

30 September 2023 
13:00 - 15:00 BST
CS3: Haptic Tendencies︎︎︎
Carolina Estrada, Najah Rizvi, Ran Zhou, Laura Selby

19 August 2023
10:00 - 12:00 BST
CS2: Politics & Poetics of Care︎︎︎

Alice Harry, Deb Fitch-Daniels, Mujtaba Asif, Julie Heaton

30 July 2023
11:00 - 12:30 BST
CS1: Choreographic Practices + Recap of RCA2023 Degree Show at Truman Brewery (13-16 July 2023)︎︎︎
Mujtaba Asif, Junshu Gu, Tony Jacob, Priysha Rajvanshi, Laura Selby, Ran Zhou

Driven by an interest to locate and discern various forms of research involved and generated through creative practices, Critical Symposium aims to tangentially situate discourse with and through practice and to explore how they inform and expand understanding of each other. The need for this comes from a realisation that the current market-driven creative and cultural economy might not necessarily facilitate or kinder critical engagement in synchronocity with various form of artistic presentation.

Critical Symposium runs once a month virtually on zoom for 120 minutes and are open for anyone to attend. Free tickets needs to be booked using the eventbrite link and recorded sessions will be available to re-watch on the YouTube channel. The forum comprises of 4-6 panelists and the first hour of the forum starts with each panelist sharing an aspect of their practice/work/research in response to the theme of the month for 10-15 minutes. In the second half the panelists and participants engage in critical discourse so as to expand understanding of artistic research and to located research with practice. Currently all the panelists hold an MA from the Royal College of Art, London.

Critical Symposium was founded in July 2023 and is organised by Tony Jacob. It was conceived as a passing thought while in conversation with other artists and supporters during the RCA2023 degree show at Truman Brewery, London (13-16 July 2023) when it was evident that research-based practices were facing challenges with relation to reaching the audience in the setting of a large public show. Due to the nature of many research-based practice where the practice by itself might not necessarily articulate the discourse of the work, it was realised that an active verbal discussion needed to be exhanged so as to situate discourse with the practice and for such practices to be widely accessible. The forums of Critical Symposium aim to address this deficit and problem, with the hope of providing a platform for artists to make their work and research more accessible and an opportuntiy to share, celebrate and learn from each other.