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

 

 

‘Expanding Everything’ video trailer @ MUSEION & University of Bolzano/Bozen

Posted in nEws and rEleases, shortEssays/cortiSaggi [English/Italian] by alcramer on May 6, 2012

Expanding Everything

Khaled Ramadan / Alfredo Cramerotti

10/05/12

Freie Universität Bozen, Universitätsplatz 1, Bozen, Hörsaal C 2.06, 20.00 Uhr

(In Italian and in English language)

The session will revolve around the idea of expanding curatorial and artistic activities beyond the environment of art. In particular, it will look into the possibility of creating other ‘spaces’, however risky and limited in time and scope, in order to challenge the ‘safe’ fencing of artistic practices within the (global) art circuit, and will present a number of cases in which CPS pushed these boundaries.

CPS Chamber of Public secrets is an independent production and curatorial unit which since 2004 adopts mass communication methodology within/through art, at the same time sparking critical debate around ideas of aesthetic journalism, expanded photography, re/presentation, political fictions and other issues. Khaled Ramadan and Alfredo Cramerotti are the two leading exponents of CPS.

Alfredo Cramerotti is a writer, curator and artist based in the UK. He is Director at MOSTYN art gallery (Wales). His cultural practice explores the relationship between reality and representation across a variety of media and collaborations such as tV, radio, publishing, internet, media festivals, photography, writing and exhibition curating. He is Research Scholar at the European Centre for Photography Research, University of Wales, Newport, Visiting Lecturer in various European Universities and Editor of the Critical Photography book series by Intellect Books. His own publications include the book Aesthetic Journalism: How to inform without informing (2009) and Unmapping the City: Perspectives of Flatness (2010).
Khaled Ramadan is an archivist, curator and cultural writer, documentary film- maker. Ramadan is born in Beirut, he lives and works in northern Europe and the Middle east. His fields of specialties are the history of alternative aesthetics and constructed media, experimental documentary and media research. Ramadan has published several scientific documentaries, theoretical texts and books, the latest was about the changing Egyptian political scene.

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