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Aesthetic Journalism: How to Inform without Informing, Centrespace, Visual Research Centre, DJCAD Dundee 2014 by Alfredo Cramerotti

Aesthetic Journalism: How to Inform without Informing, Centrespace, Visual Research Centre, DJCAD Dundee  2014

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Aesthetic Journalism, a talk by writer and curator Alfredo Cramerotti followed by a discussion at Centrespace, VRC. The event is organised by Valentina Bonizzi.

27 February 2014


Aesthetic Journalism
How to Inform without Informing
Alfredo Cramerotti

Thursday 27 Feb 2014, 12.30 - 2.30pm
Centrespace, VRC.

A talk and discussion with Alfredo Cramerotti on the main concepts of his publication Aesthetic Journalism: How to Inform without Informing (Intellect, 2009). The talk invites artists, anthropologists, philosophers, curators, program producers, journalists, writers, and interested people to join the discussion.
…They’re stories. Facts, chronicles, charts, drawings, statistics, voices, faces. They’re maps in a sense. The monitors and headphones, the projections floor-to ceiling, the bench, the cables, the panels. They’re all maps. We’re not in a hurry, are we? You whisper, half smiling. No, I say, we’re not.

This is the reflection on the very first page of Alfredo Cramerotti’s Aesthetic Journalism (Intellect, 2009). But what is Aesthetic Journalism? As Cramerotti says: “the concept provocatively tries to advance the idea that art and journalism are not separate forms of communication, but rather two sides of a unique activity, which is the production and distribution of images and information. As visual regimes, both the journalistic and the artistic make claims for the truth, albeit of a different kind. The former is a coded system that speaks for the truth (or so it claims), the latter a set of activities that questions itself at every step (or so it claims), thus 'making' truth. Whereas journalism traditionally provides a view on the world ‘out there,’ as it ‘really’ is, art often presents a view on the view, positing truth through critical acts of (self)reflection and auto-critique of how images are produced, and what they say.”

Cramerotti's talk will attempt to unravel how time is involved in producing images and will consider the time needed for the creation, production, curation and reflection on aesthetics.

Speakers' Biographies:

Valentina Bonizzi is an artist whose practice responds to scientific methods of defining citizenship in order to explore the representation of the individual within the collective. Through attention to specific moments in history she explore the capacity of technology to represent historical time. Bonizzi is currently a PhD candidate (AHRC) at the Visual Research Centre (DJCAD, Dundee) and will moderate the event.

Alfredo Cramerotti is a writer, curator and artist. His cultural practice explores the relationship between reality and representation across a variety of media and collaborations such as TV, radio, media, festivals and curation.

Limited copies of Aesthetic Journalism will be for sale at the event and can also be bought at:,id=4651/L

When: Thursday 27 Feb 2014, 12.30 to 2:30pm
This is a lunchtime talk so please bring your lunch if you would like to.

Where: Centrespace, Visual Research Centre, DJCAD is located on the lower floors of Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee.