Critical Context Summit - Red Bull Arts Detroit

Critical Context Summit

Saturday, January 25th

12pm – 4pm


Join us for a series of moderated panel discussions organized by rootoftwo about the role of biennials and festivals, media and dissemination/representation of artists work, and the role of criticism, narrative shift and who gets to tell what stories about art and artists. The thread that ties the panels together is about the way art scenes, movements and moments are constructed and to what purpose. All of our presenters are intentionally thinking/working on subverting and imagining more liberatory forms for these established mechanisms for cultural and social capital to be built.

Panelists Include:

Taylor Aldridge, Co-Founder of ARTS.BLACK
Dana Bassett, Executive Producer and Managing Editor of Bad at Sports
P. Scott Cunningham, Founder/Executive Director of O, Miami Poetry Festival
Sarah Dodson, Executive Director of MAKE Literary Productions and Managing Director of Lit & Luz Festival
Christin Lee, Founder and Director of Room Project
Jekeva Phillips, Performer and Arts Organizer
Amani Olu, Co-Founder of Detroit Art Week
Casey Rocheteau, Writer/historian
Bob Snead, Executive Director of Antenna
Nick Stillman, Executive Director of Prospect New Orleans
Claire Voon, Writer/Journalist
Alexandra Watson, Co-founder and executive editor of Apogee Journal

Cezanne Charles, Partner + Co-founder of rootoftwo
Laura Mott, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art and Design of Cranbrook Art Museum
Lauren Rossi, Creative Consultant + Cultural Producer, Artist Initiatives Manager at rootoftwo

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Please register to attend:

This entire program will be in English and will be amplified. If you need ASL translation please contact Red Bull Arts Detroit by Wednesday, January 15th at A variety of seating will be provided. We ask that visitors come no to low-scent in order to allow people with chemical sensitivities to be able to share the environment. Children and care animals are welcome. Further info on accessibility of Red Bull Arts Detroit can be found here:

Photo caption: The 2017 Critical Context Summit // Image Description: Four panelists sit in chairs in front of a seated group of around 30 people. One attendee stands in the front asking the panelists a question. The room is a large industrial space with brick walls, and has paper airplanes hung from the ceiling on strings.