The era of art magazines focused on national promotion is over. Regional rather than national positioning is currency in the global world. Art publications are increasingly event-based. Independent criticism needs support to survive as curatorial discourse is taking over.
These are some of the key arguments from the two expert reports that Frame commissioned on the state of international art magazines and journals in 2013. The reports by Dominiek Ruyters and Jonas Ekeberg, the chief editors respectively of Metropolis M in the Netherlands and Kunstkritikk in Norway, were requested to reflect on the previous publications of Frame and included recommendations for future publishing strategy.
The next Frame Espresso event on Thursday 26 February presents the results of the reports and invites a number of Finnish art magazines and journals to discuss the future of art publishing and criticism. In the past couple of years this field has been tremendously active and currently we have an unprecedented breadth of approaches contributing to the debates. How do these complement each other and respond to the current challenges and demands of the contemporary art scene: the long-running establishment Taide and awarded online journal Mustekala both in Finnish, while newcomers FAT Finnish Art Today representing artists internationally and RabRab journal developing critical discourse in English.
The presentations are in English, and the language of the discussion is English. The event will be moderated by Raija Koli, Director of Frame Visual Art Finland.
Frame Espresso is a series of discussion on topical issues, trends and challenges in contemporary art. The discussions are open to all those wishing to learn more and share ideas with Finnish contemporary art professionals and Frame’s international visitors. Facilities for Frame Espresso are offered by Design Museum Helsinki.