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„It has become an established fact that the rise of the social media has had a decisive impact on the production and dissemination of art imagery. While there has been a lot of talk over the last five years of art ‘after the internet’, that is, of art existing in the cultural milieu that takes online access as a matter of course, the effects of this condition on art criticism have been just as dramatic, if perhaps less discussed. The privileged places of art-critical exposure – catalogue essay, curatorial remarks, broadsheet review, glossy art magazine article, academic research paper, art-historical monograph, and their online versions – have been challenged by new means of accessing the art-critical discourse (‘joining the debate’): blog/tumblr entry, tweet, youtube video, facebook status/comment. Our conference wants to investigate the recent configuration of forces and voices within art criticism.“ (Excerpt from the conference’s announcement)