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Alfredo Cramerotti: Aesthetic Journalism. Public talk at Villa delle Rose, Bologna

Posted in nEws and rEleases, shortEssays/cortiSaggi [English/Italian] by Curatorview on July 4, 2011

Alfredo Cramerotti: Aesthetic Journalism

Public talk at Villa delle Rose

Via Saragozza 228-230, 40135 Bologna, Italy

Thursday 7 July 2011, 7 pm

As part of the Studio of Ælia Media, a project by Pablo Helguera, winner of the International Award for Participatory Art, Alfredo Cramerotti will present his research about aesthetic journalism and the consequences for artistic practices.


Alfredo Cramerotti’s curatorial approach does not consist in creating (new) “knowledge” about something, but in sharpening the existing ways of production and circulation of knowledge. That means he encourages artists to create relations of mutual influence with other systems that govern or facilitate our life, like mass media, science, law, architecture and other activities and planning methods. It means to constantly change the perception of society with artistic means. In one of his recent projects, the European biennial of contemporary art Manifest 8 that took place in the Region Murcia in Spain, Alfredo opened a space for information exchange for the participating artists, a suspicious and spiteful terrain compared with the “certainties” of art.

During his conversation at Villa delle Rose, Alfredo will cast light on this kind of approach, from the concept to the realization, and he will invite the audience to discuss the modalities of hybrid practices which – like bio-politics, development of sustainability, virtual reality and other processes that sum up various disciplines – recreate individual and society on an everyday base.
Alfredo Cramerotti is Senior Curator at QUAD art, film and media centre in Derby, UK and is Editor of Critical Photography at Intellect Books. Among his recent research and curatorial activity: Manifesta 8 European Biennial of contemporary art, Region of Murcia, Spain; FORMAT International Photography Festival’s Conference Derby, UK; Fellowship Art Theory and Criticism Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen Innsbruck, Austria; CPS Chamber of Public Secrets, art & media production unit; AGM Culture, roaming curatorial agency.

Cramerotti has curated more than sixty international exhibitions and multimedia projects, working on major shows of, among others, Ian Breakwell, Dinu Li, Daphne Wright, Bill Drummond and Jane & Louise Wilson. He has published in Brumaria, Nolens Volens, Manifesta Journal, MOLE, Esse Arts+Opinions, Altyazi, Journal of Media Cultural Politics, Transmission, Pages Magazine, and authored the books ‘Aesthetic Journalism: How to Inform without Informing’ (2009) and ‘Unmapping the City: Perspectives of Flatness’ (2010). Visiting Lecturer in numerous European Universities such as NTU Nottingham Trent University, University of Westminster London, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and ArtEZ/DAI Dutch Art Institute Arnhem.

International Award for Participatory Art
An initiative of the Legislative Assembly of the Region Emilia-Romagna, Italy
In collaboration with LaRete Art Projects and goodwill.

Ælia Media. A project by Pablo Helguera.
Realized together with: Emanuela Ascari, Katia Baraldi, Fedra Boscaro, Lorena Colantuono, Giorgia Dolfini, Vincenzo Estremo, Federica Falancia, Matteo Ferrari. Emanuele Girotti, Eléonore Grassi, Nathaniel Katz, Tihana Maravic, Marianna Mendozza, Stefano Miniato, Stefano Pasquini, Cinzia Pietribiasi, Linda Rigotti, Francesca Pizzo, Ennio Ruffolo, Anna Santomauro, Alessandra Saviotti, Daniela Spagna Musso, Annamaria Tina.

Curated by Julia Draganovic and Claudia Löffelholz.
Organization and coordination: Alice Militello and Federica Patti.

Press and communication: goodwillcom

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