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Aesthetic Journalism: How to Inform Without Informing @ Corner College, Zurich, Switzerland

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on May 4, 2012

Aesthetic Journalism
How to Inform Without Informing
Alfredo Cramerotti

20,00 Uhr

Italian writer, curator and artist Alfredo Cramerotti will give an introduction in his book “Aesthetic Journalism: How to Inform Without Informing”. Recognising the “blurring of margins between artistic and information practices” as a main feature in contemporary culture, Cramerotti sets out the Who, What, Where, When and How, and Why of Aesthetic Journalism.

Cramerotti identifies this “’investigative approach” in contemporary art and photography as the use of fieldwork, reportage, interviews, document analysis, graphic mapping and information distribution. He cites a number of artists who employ these strategies: Hans Haacke, Martha Rosler, Lukas Einsele, Laura Horelli, Renzo Martens, Alfredo Jaar, Renée Green, The Atlas Group/Walid Raad and Bruno Serralongue. For Cramerotti, Aesthetic Journalism implies the critical use of documentary techniques and journalistic methods where the medium itself undergoes questioning. He posits that aesthetics, understood as a “process in which we open up our sensibility to the diversity of the forms of nature (and manmade environment)” can open up the mechanisms of art and media to expose the limitations of photojournalism, documentation and the ethics of representation. In doing so, Aesthetic Journalism renders productive readings of reality, information, fact, fiction and objectivity.

The concepts outlined in the book have been a key tool in the development of the Chamber of Public Secrets’ curatorial approach for the 8th edition of Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art: Manifesta 8 taking place in the region of Murcia, Spain.

Talk at ARTIUM Vitoria-Gasteiz: The Aesthetics of Journalism

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on February 11, 2011

El Correos newspaper, 25 January 2011

Over the past six years Alfredo Cramerotti has written about the aesthetic merger of contemporary art and the news media. Drawing from his book Aesthetic Journalism: How to inform without informing (2009, Intellect), Cramerotti provocatively advances the idea that art and journalism are not separate forms of communication, but rather two sides of a unique activity , the production and distribution of images and information.

As aesthetic regimes, both journalism and artistic makes claims for the truth, albeit of a different kind. One is a coded system that speaks for the truth (or so it claims), the other a set of activities that questions itself at every step (or so it claims), thus making truth. Whereas journalism provides a view on the world ‘out there,’ as it ‘really’ is, art often presents a view on the view, truth posited as acts of (self)reflection. Cramerotti  will examine both as a types of truth production, as systems of information that defines truth in terms of the visible: producing not only what can be seen, but also what can be imagined, and thus imaged. As such, we start to get closer to the core of reality itself when we make our reality not a given, irreversible fact, but a possibility among many others.

The talk generated a principal question: is it possible to work with aesthetics and informatics, to be both reflective and precise? To both employ documentary techniques and journalistic methods while remaining self-reflecting and critical on those means? Ultimately, the artist’s work is not about delivering information but questioning it, reversing the tradition of both fields (art and journalism), to highlight both the aesthetic workings and trappings of reportage and the informational turn within current aesthetic production.

Radio Papesse Interview: Alfredo Cramerotti – Chamber of Public Secrets @ Manifesta8

Posted in nEws and rEleases, shortEssays/cortiSaggi [English/Italian] by alcramer on November 21, 2010


Alfredo Cramerotti – CPS

15 NOVEMBRE 2010
>>the interview is in English<<
>>English text below<<

Il discorso sulla contaminazione e il dialogo fra mondo mediatico e mondo artistico non è nuovo. In fondo si può sostenere che l’arte, in ogni sua espressione ‘deve utilizzare dei media’ e che questi attingono a piene mani dall’immaginario artistico; è un dibattito che probabilmente non avrà mai fine e che è nato e sviluppato a pari passo con i media elettronici, dalla nascita della radio e del cinema ad oggi.

Ma cosa succede se si parla di ‘industria dei media’? se un insieme di artisti, scrittori, intellettuali viene invitato a confrontarsi con i sistemi della produzione medicata contemporanea?
È quanto hanno fatto Alfredo Cramerotti e Khaled Ramadan insieme al collettivo Chamber of Public Secrets – cps con il loro progetto per Manifesta8.

CPS non è una struttura formale, non ha una data di fondazione o un’agenda prestabilita, è un gruppo trasversale, un ‘meta-luogo’ di discussione e analisi critica ed è uno dei gruppi curatoriali di Manifesta8.

Abbiamo parlato insieme a Cramerotti di CPS, del metodo utilizzato nel lavoro curatoriale, del loro invito a confrontarsi con le strutture produttive dei media per la creazione di progetti artistici.

la musica che accompagna l’intervista è tratta dall’album a bell and a mirror di Let’s drive to Alaska pubblicato dalla netlabel muertepop

The contamination and encounter dicourse about the artworld and the mediatic world isn’t new.
It is a never-ending debate born and developed together with the electronic media: form the early days of radio and cinema until nowadays.

But what happen when we talk about the media industry? what happen when a group of artists, writers, intellectuals is invited to deal with the contemporary media industry production system?
It is what Alfredo Cramerotti and Khaled Ramadan did together with the Chamber of Public Secrets – cps collective curating their project for Manifesta8.

CPS isn’t a formal structure, do not have an official founding date or a fixed agenda, is an horizontal group, an ensemble of dicussion and critical thinking and is one of the curatorial teams of Manifesta8.

We talked with Cramerotti about CPS, about their curatorial method, their invitation to deal with the production structures of the media industry for the creation artistic projects.

The music used in this interview is A bell and a mirror by Let’s drive to Alaska published by the netlabel muertepop

Questa opera è prodotta da Radio Papesse, un progetto di Ilaria Gadenz e Carola Haupt

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