alcramer [Alfredo Cramerotti]

“Conflict Reporting” on Third Text, Volume 35, Issue 2 (2021)

Posted in nEws and rEleases, shortEssays/cortiSaggi [English/Italian] by alcramer on March 26, 2021
Third Text, Volume 35, Issue 2 (2021)

Conflict Reporting

Aestheticising Objectivity

By Alfredo Cramerotti & Lauren Mele

Pages 248-262 | Published online: 29 Jan 2021 | Published in print: February 2021

Abstract

In 2001, artists Broomberg and Chanarin documented a day in the Iraq war. The result was a visual yet non-descript narrative, achieved with light and presence; a physical documentation of their journey titled The Day Nobody Died. In 1968 photojournalist Eddie Adams captured Saigon Execution in Vietnam, also a war-time image but with the lens of reportage. The former is a rendition of their experience, not bound by the constraints and facets of aestheticising fact. The latter was presented as news and was the receiver of outrage and scrutiny as such. This article explores how representations of humanitarian crises and wartime are complicit in their perpetuation, and how art demonstrates an attempt at representing such events as futile. We seek to establish a link between what is viewed and what is reported; what is seen and what remains outside the picture; an attempt to unravel what the difference is between viewing and witnessing.

Abstract available at https://doi.org/10.1080/09528822.2021.1873003

 

 

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

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

Lecture
Aesthetic Journalism
How to Inform Without Informing
Alfredo Cramerotti

04.05.2012
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.

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