Critical Halloween 2015: DEMO

Critical Halloween is a party, an intellectual debate, a costume competition, and a space for the expression of radical thought. Over the past few years, it has become a referential event that brings people together through music, dance, and costume design to engage in critical discussion in New York City.

Each year, Critical Halloween celebrates a feared ghost of art and architectural production. This year, it explores DEMO, which operates simultaneously as an abbreviation, a prefix, a verb, and a noun.

From acts of collective will (DEMOnstration) to institutional erasure (DEMOlition), DEMO invites guests to intellectually examine ideas, issues, and objects in art, architecture, and design with a focus on those that should get a dose of DEMO.

Critical Halloween is a space of reflection and action based upon the belief that critical ideas have a place within even the most seemingly carefree manifestations of our culture: the Halloween costume party.


At midnight, a jury of notable attendees will award 7 prizes in the following categories:

Best Overall Costume
Best Group Costume
Best Individual Costume
Best Duo/Couple Costume
Special Prize for Best Demolition Costume
Special Prize for Best Demonstration Costume
Special Prize for Best Democracy Costume

Past jurors have included Justin Davidson, Wangechi Mutu, Alejandro Zaera Polo, Charles Renfro, Campbell Hyers, Bill Menking, Sebastian Errazuriz, Saskia Boss, and Eva Franch.


Tickets are available online at:

Individual Ticket: $50
Allows entrance for 1

Critical Committee: $200
Allows entrance for 4, listing as a Critical Committee member on the Storefront website and a series of eblasts, and a complimentary Alternative Supporter membership. See benefits at:

Critical Firm: $1,000
Allows entrance for 20, listing as a Critical Firm on the Storefront website and a series of eblasts, and a 20% discount on Storefront membership for firm employees. See benefits at:

Graphic design by Riley Hooker.

#criticalhalloween #demo @storefrontnyc

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Cite: "Critical Halloween 2015: DEMO" 15 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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