Fall 2010

For some time now, art galleries, museums as well artists’ studios have been offering us various types of models and projects that materialize as small-scale forms or “prototypes”—miniature works with a seemingly limited, barely visible field of action. This issue focus on the miniature in contemporary art—minute works, models or modelling. The essays' respective authors propose different expansive readings of these minute constructions, making use of such categories as the playful, the deceptive, and the simulacral.







Young Critics

Current Issue


We now face a global water crisis. Warning signs are flashing everywhere about the increased desertification of the Earth, the industrial pollution of water resources, and the over-exploitation of aquifers. Faced with such a bleak portrait and the fact that environmental and humanitarian challenges are dependent on economic issues and interlinked policies, which are framed by complex laws, the influence of art is relatively modest. Nevertheless, alongside civic actions that we should actively do, artists can give back to water its symbolic and sacred value. Taking a poetical approach to water, the artists and theorists in this issue navigate between aesthetic forms, activist actions, and metaphor-rich analytical thinking. Adopting a resolutely critical perspective, the articles refer to artworks that try to raise awareness about water pollution and climate issues, envisage a restorative justice, and offer new horizons of hope.