Give Criticism – Take Criticism
Kampnagel Theatre, Hamburg
29 September 2018
Forms of criticism, the influence of criticism, and how to deal with criticism, are the central themes of the symposium called “Kritik austeilen – Kritik einstecken” [Give Criticism – Take Criticism]. After all: “If you dish it out you have to be able to take it too!”
We all face criticism in our private and professional lives. How we express it and how we respond to it depends on many factors. Ideally, criticism would always lead to positive change or an improvement in the existing situation. But more often than not, instead of leading to development, criticism hurts people or makes them angry and defiant instead of improving productivity and effectiveness. Artists, politicians, journalists, and activists often assume the role of social critics, and in turn, thanks to public opinion, become targets of criticism for their opinions. What responsibility does one bear as a critic and how should one behave as the criticized? To what extent are factors such as self-reflection, information, and empathy crucial to how criticism is perceived? Curator Bonaventure Ndikung, activist Sarah Waterfeld, journalist Till Briegleb, and politician Till Steffen address these questions. The symposium will be moderated by Friedrich von Borries from HFBK Hamburg and Amelie Deuflhard, director of Theater Kampnagel. In addition, students of the HFBK Hamburg have developed an exhibition on responsible criticism, curated by Friedrich von Borries and Jakob Schrenk. The so-called “Practice Room for Criticism” will take place from 27 September to 6 October 2018 in the Kampnagel foyer..