Towards a shared understanding: A study of the intersubjective management of critique between an artist and a critic

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This article scrutinizes the trajectory of an evaluation of the visual appearance of an artistic installation, during a conversation between a visual artist and a critic. The study analyzes how the artist receives and responds to the critic’s evaluations of the artwork in three different phases of evaluative discourse: an initial, an elaborating, and a concluding one. The artist’s responses change from minimal responses and hypothetical solutions, via repeating utterances, to overt agreements and outspoken explanations. The development of the artist’s response to the critic’s evaluations reflects an increase in the participants’ shared intersubjective understanding and in the artist’s strengthened epistemic position: the critique can be accepted only after the artist has gone through interactional phases that lead up to an appreciation of the critique that thus can be commented on and partly transformed.
TidskriftAFinLA-e Soveltavan kielitieteen tutkimuksia
Status!!Accepted/In press - 2019
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


  • 6121 Språkvetenskaper
  • multimodal interaction
  • interactional linguistics
  • conversation analysis
  • epistemics
  • agency
  • intersubjectivity
  • 6132 Bildkonst och formgivning
  • evaluation
  • art criticism
  • 5141 Sociologi
  • epistemic asymmetry
  • agency
  • intersubjectivity

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