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The ACA Adventure: a Thirty-year Commitment to Art Criticism

Jean-Marc Poinsot, Jean-Marc Huitorel et Christophe Domino
Traduction de Simon Pleasance
p. 129-153
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L’aventure des ACA : 30 ans d’engagement au service de la critique d’art

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The following interview was organized and coordinated by Sylvie Mokhtari on Thursday 14 March 2019 in the ACA seminar room, and transcribed by Jelena Le Magoarou and Louise Quentel.

Going back over the 30-year existence of the Archives de la critique d’art (ACA) invites us, above all, to have clearer thoughts about the ACA’s future: re-organizing the social uses1 of the archives, while bearing in mind the latest artistic developments, as well as any changes in the critical discourse, in its various forms, and where exactly they are occurring; improving international networking; and identifying technological challenges in order to adapt to new forms of memory. While the creation of the ACA coincided with the fall of the Iron Curtain, the 2020 launch of a scientific partnership with the German Centre for Art History [Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte] in Paris will encourage us to define critical writings in the former “East bloc” countries. At publishing level, extremely interesting projects are taking shape with the INHA [National Institute of Art History]. Hitherto the written word has been especially promoted, but it has latterly become vital to also consider the place of the image, that other form of critical discourse, which will feature among our structural lines of thinking for the next few years.

Antje Kramer-Mallordy

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1.- The ACA was created on the basis of the uses likely to be made of its resources and programmes by many different interlocutors (researchers, artists, critics, curators, journalists, institutions, publishers, teachers, students, and so on). According to Jean-Marc Poinsot, the idea of social uses makes it possible to expand our methods of action by incorporating a broader array of tools than those we might use or devise based on the notion of different kinds of public and users. Instead of a one-sided, not to say passive relation, this decompartmentalization enables the ACA to consolidate interactions associated with the cultural arena and these cooperative circuits.

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Jean-Marc Poinsot, President of the ACA / Christophe Domino, member of the ACA scientific and cultural board / Jean-Marc Huitorel, President of the ACA scientific and c...

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Jean-Marc Poinsot, Jean-Marc Huitorel et Christophe Domino, « The ACA Adventure: a Thirty-year Commitment to Art Criticism », Critique d’art, 52 | 2019, 129-153.

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Jean-Marc Poinsot, Jean-Marc Huitorel et Christophe Domino, « The ACA Adventure: a Thirty-year Commitment to Art Criticism », Critique d’art [En ligne], 52 | Printemps/été, mis en ligne le 27 mai 2020, consulté le 19 juin 2019. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/critiquedart.46328

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