23 GIFs that Sum Up the Superscript Conference
This past weekend Chris Cloud and Lea Devon Sorrentino of Negative Jam attended SuperScript: Art Journalism and Criticism in a Digital Age.
Thank you so much to Mn Artists and the Walker Art Center for hosting this first of its kind event and providing a place for discussion, argument, agreement and introspection. It was a thought provoking two days that addressed the highs and lows being experienced by the art world with the emergence of digital media and the power of radical connectivity. Full videos and transcripts will be made available on the Superscript platform.
Here are a few of our immediate thoughts via GIFs on the tone, message and experiences throughout #Superscript15.
That time Christopher Knight, art critic at the Los Angeles Times, kept it real by saying, “My role as a professional art critic at the Los Angeles Times is to sell newspapers. My role as a professional art critic at the Los Angeles Times is to generate traffic at our website.”:
When Isaac Fitzgerald, Editor of Buzzfeed Books, reminded us that we are all apart of a passionate community by saying “I think the fact that this conference even exists is a sign that everything is actually going really, really well. Because people still really, really care.”:
When people started pointing out the lack of diversity at Superscript:
That time everyone at SuperScript found out that Eugenia Bell, executive editor of Design Observer, hasn’t logged into Twitter since 2009 after saying, “No one is saying anything of substance on Twitter about anything.”:
When the ‘burrito’ bar at Gather at the Walker made you fold your own $11 ‘burrito’ and still charged you for guac:
When Carolina Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, reminded us that the Internet provides opportunity for diverse voices by saying, “What I do think the internet was done in terms of diversity is that it has, you know it’s allowed voices like mine… I don’t have a degree in art history. I don’t have some of the paperwork it takes to get some of those jobs but I think through doing the work online and through my blog I was able to prove that you don’t necessarily need that …so I think the web there has provided an outlet for different voices and also allowed voices like myself to build an audience…”:
That time James McAnally, executive editor and co-founder of Temporary Art Review, founder/curator of The Luminary, bored the audience and his talk was summarized with this tweet, “In other news: no amount of emojis can save this presentation. #Superscript15”:
When everyone walked out and realized there were cookies waiting during the break:
When everyone still was pointing out the lack of diversity at Superscript:
When Alexander Provan, editor of Triple Canopy, turned a Superscript panel into a support group for art critics coping with negativity by saying “Just being here, being negative together is so positive.”:
That time Brian Kuan Wood, editor of e_Flux, told us they’ve built a Supercommunity:
When James Bridle reminded everyone that the Internet is really really important at a conference centered around the digital age and just overall crushed Superscript:
When Dan Fox, co-editor of Freize, explained how artists should maybe be the third or fourth cultural responders rather than the first:
When the lack of diversity at Superscript was pointed out again…:
When we got turnt up at the after party at the Le Méridien Chambers: