Friday, 23 May 2008

Open Dialogues in Berlin.

Before Open Dialogues arrive in Berlin for the New Life Berlin Festival we wanted to let you know who was selected for the Open Dialogues: New Life Berlin critical writing programme, also more about the model we are using for the project.

Don't forget to make a link to the blog (below). We hope to see you online, or in Berlin, after the 31st!

Open Dialogues: New Life Berlin is a collaborative writing project that is taking place as part of the New Life Berlin festival; a festival of participatory, live and socially engaged art ( All through New Life Berlin, a group of 16 international writers will work closely with the festival organisers, artists, participants and visitors and post REVIEWS, INTERVIEWS, OPINIONS and INFORMATION about the work shown. We also have commissioned texts from writers experiencing the festival from across Europe and the US.

Open Dialogues: New Life Berlin will explore the possibilities of contemporary critical, theoretical and art writing in the context of the New Life Berlin Festival (31st May – 15th June 2008). The three main themes of the festival are: Transnational Communities, Artistic Social Responsibility and Artistic Social Responsibility

The critical writing programme matches the structure, themes and artistic content of the festival itself; it is curated but participatory at its core, involving on and offline communities in examining artistic responsibility and new modes of existing for art critics. Within this model, the purpose of the programme is four fold; 1) it provides written (online and printed) critique and documentation of the festival, 2) examines the notion of community, 3) explores the role of criticism in relation to participatory art and 4) acts as professional development for new and existing Berlin based and international critical writers.

Keep checking on the blog for the latest posts and news about Open Dialogues: New Life Berlin activities.

If you're watching the festival from abroad, we will keep you updated and informed via the blog. If you're in Berlin, then come and meet us at our LIVE REVIEW at the New Life Berlin shop on 7th June. And keep an eye out for Open Dialogues: New Life Berlin printed flash publications, being distributed across the city.

The writers on Open Dialogues: New Life Berlin are Anga'aefonu Bain-Vete, Alfredo Cramerotti, Clare Carswell, Alexandria Clark, Mary Kate Connolly, Kathryn Fischer, Eleanor Hadley Kershaw, Joanna Loveday, Cheree Mack, Matthew MacKisack, Carali McCall, Charlotte Morgan, Christin Niehoff, Ann Rapstoff, Valerie Palmer, Carrie Paterson, Kara Rooney, Heiko Schmid, Claire Louise Staunton and Eliza Tan. More details about the writers can be found on the CV section of

Open Dialogues: New Life Berlin is facilitated by Rachel Lois Clapham and Mary Paterson, the directors of Open Dialogues, with assistance from Christina Irrgang (Open Dialogues Associate, Berlin)

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