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Curatorial Research: Alfredo Cramerotti on Aesthetic Journalism @ MFA Curating Goldsmiths (University of London)

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on October 6, 2014

Curatorial Research: Lecture & Workshop on Aesthetic Journalism by Alfredo Cramerotti
MFA Curating Goldsmiths (University of London)

Wednesday 8 October 2014


Conversation on investigative research methodologies in contemporary art practice, and the idea of Aesthetic Journalism in specific relation to artistic/curatorial research and Fact/Fiction in contemporary art.

Organised by Aaron Juneau and Simon Sheikh / MFA Curating Goldsmiths (University of London)

MOSTYN – Talk and Tour on Broomberg & Chanarina and Rebecca Gould’s exhibitions

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on September 10, 2014

Guided tour of Broomberg & Chanarin and Rebecca Gould exhibitions with MOSTYN Director, Alfredo Cramerotti.

Sunday 14 September 2014, 2pm.

Over 18s only, unless accompanied by an adult. Exhibition contains images of an explicit nature.
In partnership with Artes Mundi


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MOSTYN’s new season of exhibitions, Friday 18 July 2014

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on July 14, 2014


Very pleased to invite you to the opening of MOSTYN’s new season of exhibitions:


19 July–2 November 2014

Participating artists: Allora & Calzadilla, Taysir Batniji, Lara Favaretto, Christian Burnoski, Jason Dodge, Claire Fontaine, Ori Gersht, Bethan Huws, Kris Martin, Pedro Reyes, Michael Sailstorfer, Yoko Ono & John Lennon; and a historical display of Llandudno in WW1.

Broomberg & Chanarin: Divine Violence

19 July–2 November 2014

Gallery 6: Uprisings

Rebecca Gould 

19 July–9 November 2014


Broomberg & Chanarin, Holy Bible, MACK/AMC, 2013.


Friday 18 July, 6:30pm

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Saturday 19 July 2014, 1.00-5.30pm:

Dialogues on Conflict: Conflict Through the Eye of the Lens

with contributions by Mark Durden, Alfredo Cramerotti, Broomberg and Chanarin, Jenifer Good, Aaron Rosen and Sara Bevan. In partnership with Artes Mundi.

Tickets £5 (including refreshments). Concessions FREE * (Full Time Students, Unemployed, Pensioners, MOSTYN Friends). Bookings through EventBrite



Alfredo Cramerotti @ Wysing Retreat: Of Our Own Making

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on May 23, 2014

Wysing Retreat: Of Our Own Making



Alfredo Cramerotti – Curating oneself. An exploration on curating and ‘the curatorial’ beyond exhibition-making. 

Friday 23 May 2014

Wysing Arts Centre

Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2TX, UK

In light of increasing connectivity and the pressure of a transforming environment, this retreat, entitled Of Our Own Making, will address the question ‘how do we want to live together?’ The retreat curators are MA students Jennifer KY Lam, Marenka Krasomil, Olivia Leahy, and Sophie Oxenbridge-Hastie.

Across five immersive days a programme of invited speakers and group activities will offer possible interpretations of this question, endeavouring to address its social, environmental and metaphysical implications.

Commencing the retreat, artist Cally Spooner will lead a workshop session and host presentations and discussions by participants on their work. On the following days, Anthony Davies and Jaya Klara Brekke of the MayDay Rooms, a safe house for vulnerable archives and historical material linked to social movements, experimental culture, and marginalised figures, will initiate discussion on current social movements and alternative communities in regards to collaborative ways of living.

Writer, curator, editor and artist Alfredo Cramerotti, director of MOSTYN art gallery, Co-Director, AGM Culture and collective Chamber of Public Secrets, will address the relations between society and the environment, situated within a concept of ecology influenced by the separation of nature and culture. His presentation and open-floor debate will focus on collective curating, Venice pavilions, digital culture, and curating our own future.

Finally, the retreat will examine visionary ideas for the future, with the theoretical and scientific research of English author, theoretician in the field of gerontology and co-founder of the SENS Research Foundation, Aubrey de Grey, on proposed techniques to stop aging. Contributing to this conversation, Richard Noble, lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, philosopher and writer, primarily on the intersection of art and politics, will also lead a talk on the politics of utopia in artistic practice.


Selected participants for the retreat are: Love Enqvist, Rose Gibbs, Lina Hermsdorf, Gareth Lloyd, Vipash Purichanont, Amy Spencer and Anna Stephens.


Alfredo Cramerotti: Alternative Mapping @ CRITICAL WAYS OF SEEING 2014, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on May 21, 2014


Visualizing Knowledge and the Digital: Tool, Politics, or Art?

21-22 May 2014

Goldsmiths (University of London)

New Cross, London SE14 6NW

 24 map population-map

Hosted by the Global Media & Transnational Communications Program and Radical Media Forum, Department of Media & Communications

Hashtag: #criticaleyes

 With Philippe Rekacewicz (Le Monde diplomatique/Visions cartographiques), Giulio Frigieri (The Guardian), Alfredo Cramerotti (MOSTYN, Wales’ Contemporary Art Centre), Mushon Zer-Aviv and Galia Offri (Media Activists, Tel Aviv/New York), Stefano Cagol (Contemporary Artist, Italy), Davina Jackson (D-City Network, Australia), Sean Cubitt, Lorenzo Pizzani (Goldsmiths, UK), and Alex Gekker (Utrecht University, NL)

Organizers: Marianne Franklin, Elinor Carmi, and Paola Crespi

Venue: Richard Hoggart Building (RHB) and the New Academic Building (NAB), Goldsmiths


Thursday, 22 May

2-3.15pm: Alfredo Cramerotti

Alternative Mapping (RHB 137)

The session will explore our drive to ‘make sense’ of things we know and those we don’t. Starting from the very notion of curating as: organising / scouting / selecting / taking care of / making space for / creating links between, I have developed over the last couple of years a pinterest stream that attempts to ‘map the mapping': There are about 330 ‘alternative maps’ on this stream – from the downright bizarre obsession to the most thorough and scientific charting approach one can think of; from kitchen utensils to animal tracks. The session will open up a discussion about our drive to map, need to map, desire to map and, ultimately, what is mapping all about: has the map exceed (finally!) the territory? Has the mapping outgrown the mappable?



MOSTYN – some press clippings Dec 13-Apr 14: NINA BEIER, TOM WOOD, MERIÇ ALGÜN RINGBORG and RETURN JOURNEY group show

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on May 11, 2014


9 December 2013


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Creative Review

by Antonia Wilson

15 January 2014

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BBC News In Pictures

by Phil Coomes

16 January 2014

BBC News - Photographer Tom Wood's landscapes

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We Heart

by Rob Wilkes

16 January 2014

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The Guardian Guide

by Robert Clark

18 January 2014


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The Leader

by Romilly Scragg

22 January 2014


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Outdoor Photography

1 February 2014


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The Independent Magazine

25 January 2014


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Art Papers

by Chris Fite-Wassilak

14 March 2014


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Art Review

by Oliver Basciano

1 April 2014

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The Book Is Out! PAVILION OF MALDIVES at the 55. International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on May 8, 2014


55. International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

Portable Nation: Disappearance as Work in Progress – Approaches to Ecological Romanticism


The book ‘Portable Nation: Disappearance as Work in Progress – Approaches to Ecological Romanticism’ offers a range of geo-political positions and research-curatorial methodologies on climate change and their approaches to ecological romanticism.

It expands on several of the themes which emerged conceptually and artistically in the Maldives Pavilion exhibition and six-month-long public programme, and elaborates them in a philosophical, historical, scientific and poetic register within the specific materiality of a book, with its capacity to extend the time, space and context of the ideas beyond the Venice Biennale. It aims to engage a readership further-reaching than the project’s immediate public.

The publication is structured in three main sections: the artists and their projects presented in the Maldives Pavilion, the parallel projects over the six-month period, and the critical text section which includes interviews and thematic analysis. Featuring essays on the geopolitics of climate change and the idea of urgency, the book offers a comprehensive snapshot of the aesthetic, political and poetic dimensions of the situation in the island nation intertwined with a global vision of the climate emergency around the world.

Editors: Dorian Batycka, Camilla Boemio, Alfredo Cramerotti and Aida Eltoire for the 55th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia – Maldives Pavilion

Publisher: Maretti Editore
Year: 2014
Pages: 176
Language: English

More about the book at Maretti Editore:

Alfredo Cramerotti lecture at CCA, Estonia

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on April 23, 2014

Alfredo Cramerotti lecture at CCA, Estonia

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Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia invites:

On Friday, April 25 at 5 PM an experienced curator, writer and artist, Alfredo Cramerotti will give a public lecture Curating Exhibitions, Conferences, Pavilions and Buildings: The Bizarre Life of the Curator at CCA, Estonia (Vabaduse väljak 6/8, button no. 5).

The lecture will present a few angles on curating, not only about exhibitions but the whole contemporary art culture. Alfredo Cramerotti is visiting Estonia as an invited member of the jury, which will choose the next Estonian Pavilion exhibition project for the 56th Venice Art Biennial 2015.

 Alfredo Cramerotti is a writer and curator working across TV, radio, publishing, media festivals, writing and exhibition making. He directs MOSTYN, Wales’ leading contemporary art institute, and is Head Curator of APT Artist Pension Trust. In 2010 he co-curated Manifesta 8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, and in 2013 the Maldives Pavilion and the Wales Pavilion at the 55th Venice Art Biennial, as well as the 4th Trienala Ladina in South Tyrol. Alfredo is Research Scholar at the eCPR European Centre for Photography Research, University of Wales, Newport, and Editor in Chief of the Critical Photography series by Intellect Books. His own publications include the book Aesthetic Journalism: How to inform without informing (2009).


Link to the event:

MOSTYN New Season: Ryan Gander, Bedwyr Williams, Jesse Wine and We’ve Got Mail

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on April 16, 2014


Ryan Gander: Chance Everything
Bedwyr Williams: Hotel 70°
18 April–6 July 2014

We’ve Got Mail
18 April–6 July 2014

Gallery 6: Uprisings
Jesse Wine: You Can’t Beat Nature
18 April–13 July 2014

Preview: Thursday 17 April, 6:30pm, all welcome

MOSTYN | Cymru | Wales
12 Vaughan Street
Llandudno LL30 1AB
Wales, UK

T +44 (0) 1492 879 201

MOSTYN, Wales’ foremost contemporary art gallery is delighted to announce a new season of exhibitions.

Ryan Gander: Chance Everything
Bedwyr Williams: Hotel 70°
Two solo exhibitions in conversation*
18 April–6 July

Chance Everything by Ryan Gander presents both existing work and new pieces. Gander’s works are linked by a process of storytelling and by the manner in which they capture the spectator’s imagination.

Gander’s works in Chance Everything include, amongst other pieces, a cardigan made from the wool of feral goats living on a nearby headland and to be worn by the exhibition’s invigilators; a short television commercial to promote imagination in the British public as if commissioned by the British government’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills; and a carbon copy of the artist’s watch. Following his unique approach to artmaking, his works in the exhibition point to a variety of references, from the history of art and design to aspects of everyday life, and from popular culture to his own biography.

Encompassing performance, sculpture, painting and video, North Wales-based Bedwyr Williams‘s practice is marked by his unique brand of humour that is informed, in part, by his upbringing in Wales. Drawing from his life experiences, Williams’s work, on the one hand, offers a sharp critique of our everyday world, and on the other, a relief and antidote to life’s pressures.

At the heart of Williams’s exhibition at MOSTYN is a full-scale re-creation of the top section of the iconicHotel 70°, which once stood high on a cliff overlooking the nearby town of Colwyn Bay. The hotel was noted for its peculiar architecture where everything from the carpets to the stairs followed the 70° and 110° angles of the building.

Also on view is a video piece and elements from the artist’s critically acclaimed exhibition The Starry Messengerwhich represented Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2013.

Bedwyr Williams’s exhibition has in part been supported by the Colwinston Trust.

*Both Ryan Gander’s and Bedwyr Williams’s exhibition are part of the Conversation Series at MOSTYN, a series of exhibitions bringing together two artists and two solo exhibitions in conversation, curated by Adam Carr (Visual Arts Programme Curator, MOSTYN) and produced by MOSTYN. The intention is to present the dialogue collaboration and similarity in exploring themes that occur between artists, and to make this visible on the stage of the exhibition.

#ryangander, #chanceeverything, #bedwyrwilliams, #hotel70, #mostyncymru
Press release: Ryan Gander / Bedwyr Williams

We’ve Got Mail
18 April–6 July

Participating artists: Robert Barry, Gabriele De Santis, Jan Dibbets, Ane Mette Hol, Jonathan Monk*,and Kirsten Pieroth

We’ve Got Mail is the second exhibition in a series that examines the history of MOSTYN and its building. This exhibition responds to the context in which it takes place, a former postal sorting office into which MOSTYN’s galleries were expanded in 2010.

We’ve Got Mail, of which there will be four exhibitions between now and 2017, will introduce some of the finest historical and recent examples of artists and artworks that have utilised postal mail, as well as original artifacts, documentation and ephemera from the gallery’s previous use as a Royal Mail sorting office.

A booklet accompanies the exhibition and features texts by Adam Carr, Visual Arts Programme Curator, and by MOSTYN’s Director Alfredo Cramerotti. It can be ordered by contacting

*On the occasion of this exhibition, Jonathan Monk has produced a new edition exclusively for MOSTYN. Titled Picture Post Card Posted From Post Box Pictured, it is part of a series of postcard pieces, which to date includes those made for venues in New York, London, Brussels and Paris. Each version of the edition depicts an image of the closest postbox to the gallery that it is produced for. After purchasing the postcard, the artist will write the address and message that the purchaser would like, together with his signature. The postcard will then be posted from the postbox pictured on the postcard, which in MOSTYN’s case is directly next door to the building.

To make a purchase, please contact

#wevegotmail, #mostyncymru
Press release: We’ve Got Mail

Gallery 6: Uprisings
Jesse Wine: You Can’t Beat Nature
18 April–13 July

Born in 1983, Jesse Wine’s work combines humour, biography and art history. While Wine’s work is multi-disciplinary, he often describes himself as a ceramicist. His recent work, mostly using clay, has an erudite take on the medium, using its history, its alliance with craft and its placement within the visual arts. His works reveal a fascination with the process of making, form and display. His exhibition at MOSTYN presents entirely new work.

Gallery 6 would not be possible without the generous support of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
#gallery6, #uprisings, #mostyncymru
Press release: Jesse Wine

About MOSTYN | Cymru | Wales
MOSTYN in Llandudno, North Wales (UK) is the leading, publicly funded, contemporary art gallery in Wales and serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of contemporary life through international contemporary art and curatorial practice.

Through exhibitions, learning programme, lectures, symposia and publications, MOSTYN plays an active role in discussing contemporary culture in Wales, the UK and beyond.

To be kept up to date with MOSTYN’s new programme, please subscribe to our mailing list by

On Expansion: Photography’s Status in a Digital World

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on March 17, 2014

On Expansion: Photography’s Status in a Digital World

News Story and Vimeo Links

On Expansion was a roundtable discussion that recently took place at King’s College London on 21 January 2014. It was a closed-door workshop led by curator Alfredo Cramerotti (Director, MOSTYN) in partnership with artist/researcher Michael Takeo Magruder (Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London) that attempted to unpack certain aspects of the status of photography in an increasingly digital world. It is part of the AGM conversation series and was recorded as part of Alfredo Cramerotti’s ongoing research in this area.

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The event focused on two lines of enquiry, namely: What is photography’s ontological status in the world today when thought in relationship to the omnipresence of the digital image and video? and How does this (digital) photographic moment in the history of image-making change the methodology of artistic and curatorial inquiries, their value, and their justification?

On Expansion 1

Discussion topics included:

  • considering how the visual translations of ideas through various networked social systems have a major impact on our artistic and curatorial practices; examining how – now – images are made, distributed, recycled or found; and how curators are curating contemporary artists using new technology to reflect upon its meaning today.
  • exploring how the artistic and curatorial act of making, manipulating, distributing and ‘digesting’ pictures is hybridized by devices like mobile phones, tablets and computers but, also, virtual reality glasses and game consoles.
  • discussing the work of some artists and theorists in relation to these networked systems.

With an invited group of specialists and practitioners from diverse backgrounds, On Expansion looked at the ways in which conceptions about photography, art, digital practices and curating are in flux, and how these shifts – particularly in the artistic production and curatorial presentation of photography – can engender new ways of thinking about archives, collections, exhibitions and display.

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Discussants included: Anna Bentkowska-Kafel (King’s College London), Gair Dunlop (University of Dundee), Marialaura Ghedini (University of Sunderland), Andrew Prescott (King’s College London), Anna Reading (King’s College London) and Gillian Youngs (University of Brighton).


Alfredo Cramerotti
Writer and Curator
Director, MOSTYN; Head Curator, APT Artist Pension Trust; Editor in Chief, Critical Photography series, Intellect Books; Research Scholar, eCPR European Centre for Photography Research, University of South Wales +

Michael Takeo Magruder
Artist and Researcher
Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London +


AGM Culture

On Expansion video documentation
(part 1)
(part 2)
(part 3)
(part 4)
(part 5)


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