The first Speedy Crit took place on Wednesday, 20th May 2020. Artist participants were from across Warwickshire and the West Midlands. Presenting work were artists' Ije and Thomas Vassaux who are working as collaborative duo, '2 Meeters'.
"We are 2 meeters, 2 artists meeting through the cloud, in the virtual platform landscapes of Zoom, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and many others during this time of 2 metres social distancing."
We went slightly over the 40 minute timescale by about 10 minutes. Luckily for us Zoom gave us a free extension! This first online group crit was also about trying out the format, so we are still learning.
Ije and Thomas didn't use the screen share option during the event although it was there if they wanted to. They had provided a very detailed introduction and series of images ahead of the event and participants were therefore familiar enough with the work.
Input of the day has to go to artist and educator, Rob Hamp:
"We walk forwards but even when we turn to walk back, we are still walking forwards" (paraphrase)