Charter of the VALUATION Chamber at M8


I. THE AA IS CONVENED AND CONSTITUTED

The AA Valuation Chamber is officially opened.


The structure of the Chamber (see below) is briefly outlined.


Approx. 10 minutes

 

II. THE ARTIST PRESENTS THEIR WORK

             

Approx. 15 minutes.


II.   CRITERIA ARE 'EXTRACTED' FROM THE ARTIST, CONCERNING THE WORK PRESENTED


First, the notion of CRITERIA of judgement of a work is introduced. These are criteria or values according to which a given actor  chooses to Valuate the work. In the first instance, it is the artist, whose criteria are sought. The Jury (which consists of 3-4 senior figures), or any member of the AA (all members of the audience) assist the artist in finding these criteria. Criteria are NOT set by the Jury. 


All Criteria are written down (on white-boards/flip charts/paper) in the course of the proceedings.


Once the notion of criteria has been explained, the Jury assists the artist in defining them for the work presented. That is, the artist is helped/moved/questioned with an aim to choosing principles/criteria according to which he or she wishes his or her own work to be Valuated.


Three sets of criteria are sought:


a) positive criteria (that is, if they apply, the work is considered successful in that particular respect)

b) negative criteria (that is, if they apply, the work is considered to fail in that particular respect)

c) universal criteria (that is, criteria which apply not only to the work in question, but any work of the same kind/genre/context, etc.



N.B. Meta debates: There may be disputes about the legitimacy of the current Charter (procedure) of the Valuation Chamber itself. For example, there are often objections to the very notion of 'universal criteria'. This type of discussion is allocated to a separate debate, which may interrupt the course of the procedures outlined here, or be delegated to a later discussion. These discussions are designated 'Meta'.



Once at least 3-5 of each type of criteria have been 'extracted' from the presentation and discussion with the artist, the artist is thanked and asked to leave the Chamber.


Approx. 35 minutes.

III. THE AA GENERATES CRITERIA TO VALUATE THE WORK

 

              The AA (the entire audience) is divided into groups of max. 5-10 people, each with a Chair and also a Representative.

 

              Each Group is asked to generate 3 sets of criteria, in the same manner as described above. The Group Chair encourages the accurate and speedy discussion, and a Group Representative is nominated by the Group to present the results back to the Chamber as a whole in  part IV.


Approx. 30 mins

             

IV. THE AA PRESENTS CRITERIA TO VALUATE THE WORK

 

              The artist is welcomed back into the chamber.

 

              Representatives of each group present their sets of criteria, as generated by their groups.

 

              During this process, the Jury clarifies criteria presented, finding commonalities, encouraging and clarifying the arguments for each criteria presented by the Group Representatives, which write them on the boards/paper. 

                This process generates plenty of discussion and disagreements. The entire AA is encouraged to join the debate. However, the artist must, at this point, still refrain from responding.


Approx. 25 minutes

 

IV. THE ARTIST IS GIVEN THE 'FINAL WORK' IN RESPONSE TO THE PRESENTATIONS.

 

Approx. 5 minutes


THE AA VALUATION  CHAMBER IS CLOSED.


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