What is Critique?

“Critique is a position in relation to something else understood as less historically aware, less knowledgeable, and blind.  The purpose of critique is to grasp and clarify historicity of the present...


Criticism inherits a specific obligation: to unmask the residues of idealist philosophy that persists in even the most politically conscious works of art”

-Howard Singerman.



Begin with empirical observations  of the work.  The crime scene is a metaphor for reading the material existence of the work.  What do we see? 

What is present in the material that proposes the idea?  

What is the artist’s intent?  What clarifies or obscures the intent?



What field of culture, if any, is the artist modeling visuality?

What type of experience is presented to the audience?

Does the work propose a subjectivity or social body?

What is the role of the artist occupying? What rights are they sustaining, recuperating or proposing?  


Aisthitikos is perception through feeling, a corporeal experience with material nature. Aisthisis was originally defined as sensate and empirical experience with the external real.

How is the “real” represented?  Does the work function on the realm of effect or affect?

What is the viewer’s psychological affect (instinctual response) with the work?  



What is in the work that produces knowledge about our present condition? 

What can and cannot be done?  In other words, what are the social conditions of possibility and impossibility?

Is there a self-conscious understanding of the limits or impossibility of the present?

© 2017 LAN TUAZON.