The "Intercriticism" conference attempted a recontextualization and re-organization of critical writing about theatre and the performing arts, examining the situation of critical writing from various viewpoints and considering its professional position within particular social contexts. The initial presentation by Rok Vevar established "Intercriticism" as a notion that has yet to be given a full definition. It is hoped that in the course of the upcoming debate such a definition may emerge. As proposed in the call of the Slovenian section, critical writing has become just one of the roles fulfilled by theatre and performing arts critics. How do the various positions held by critics affect analysis, description, evaluation, and social position of the observer. And how do these positions influence the critic's relationship to the subject of observation?
|Observing "Intercriticism" (Photo: Katayoun Salmasi)|
The conference filled the auditorium on both days and produced a lively debate after every presented paper, which confirmed AICT-IATC as a highly responsive organism. This proved that reflecting and discussing the state of theatre criticism is a necessary intellectual discipline at any given moment. Hope persists that the term of intercriticism will pass into the general use and will in time gain a recognizable theoretical meaning. The notion managed to arouse constructive responses at the Maribor conference but its persistence still needs to be tried.