An ABC of Aesthetic Journalism

"An ABC of Aesthetic Journalism" Fay Nicolson, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen

In her performance lecture An ABC of Aesthetic Journalism, presented within the framework of the book launch for Aesthetic Journalism by Alfredo Cramerotti, artist Fay NICOLSON introduced some of the ideas explored in Alfredo Cramerotti’s text whilst adopting and performing strategies used in the field of aesthetic journalism. This lecture performance focused on key aspects of Cramerotti’s book, including the assigned roles of art and journalism within wider society; ideas of populist and elite informative structures; the role of audiences in terms of passively consuming or actively producing meaning; and the aesthetic value of forms, mediums and contexts.

An ABC of Aesthetic Journalism collects fragments of research and visual references to investigate the authorship, ownership and transcription of information, the academic and narrative tradition of the lecture and ideas of performativity as an artist or audience. In questioning standard practices of “informing” An ABC of Aesthetic Journalism aims to leave open possibilities in the place of a complete thesis.

Alfredo CRAMEROTTI (*1967 in Trento, Italy) is an author and cultural producer based in the UK. He is engaged in a narrative-based practice that investigates notions of representation and reality across a variety of media. He works with writing (art and media critique, essays) and mass media. Cramerotti was co-curator of Manifesta 8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, in Murcia and Cartagena, Spain 2010/11 together with Khaled Ramadan as CPS (Chamber of Public Secrets).

Fay NICOLSON is an artist based in the UK. She is interested in the processes and motivations involved in making objects. Through installation and performance, she explores the threshold between mass and artistic production and challenges definitions of “work”.

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