A*DESK has been offering since 2002 contents about criticism and contemporary art. A*DESK has become consolidated thanks to all those who have believed in the project, all those who have followed us, debating, participating and collaborating. Many people have collaborated with A*DESK, and continue to do so. Their efforts, knowledge and belief in the project are what make it grow internationally. At A*DESK we have also generated work for over one hundred professionals in culture, from small collaborations with reviews and classes, to more prolonged and intense collaborations.

At A*DESK we believe in the need for free and universal access to culture and knowledge. We want to carry on being independent, remaining open to more ideas and opinions. If you believe in A*DESK, we need your backing to be able to continue. You can now participate in the project by supporting it. You can choose how much you want to contribute to the project.

You can decide how much you want to bring to the project.


24 February 2013
Oops! Anniversary


Some people get cross when you forget their birthday. And others don’t even want to be reminded. But we love it, because it shows we’re still here. But this time it completely slipped our mind. A*DESK has been going for 7 years now, the first issue of what was then just an online magazine went out on 06 02 06. Many things have happened since then, aside from a few changes in appearance: 104 issues of the magazine, (first monthly, then fortnightly with A*Magazine and now twice a year as Magazine semestral) with over four hundred articles; many more in Highlights, that was first a blog and is now a publication of criticism and contemporary culture that is updated daily; courses and workshops; presentations; exhibitions; always thinking about opening up opportunities, A*DESK has provided work for several hundred people (from one-off collaborations, to the direction of projects and courses); we’re gaining readers and expanding…

Anyway, the best way to celebrate is, as always, to carry on.

Many thanks!

A*DESK, Independent Institute of Criticism and Contemporary Art, is dedicated to learning, publishing and research related to the criticism of contemporary art. Taking the view that critical thought makes individuals free, its mission is to defend actively the importance of criticism: to generate debate about contemporary art, to enable each individual to establish their own opinion and by doing so promote culture.


24 February 2013

Oops! Anniversary

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