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Platform for (un)Solicited Research and Advice 2010 by Alfredo Cramerotti

Platform for (un)Solicited Research and Advice  2010

Talk, seminar, workshop

BRIEF #3 Seminar day and tutorials at DAI (Dutch Art Institute), Enschede, The Netherlands, on 13 & 14 January 2010, around the following issues: • Why use and explore media platforms as an artist or curator? • What is the relationship between (mass) media and art in the past and present, and what are the possible future scenarios? • Can media platforms renegotiate a relationship between art and the locality in a Biennale model? Through operating as a roving biennial Manifesta must each time address and negotiate a different context with specific geographical, historical and political structures. In this way, Manifesta offers its curators the opportunity, and the challenge, to engage with local, global and networked communities using a variety of platforms and approaches. CPS’s approach to curation encompasses (mass) media platforms such as television, radio and newspapers, alongside more traditional exhibition formats. In the context of Manifesta 8 we ask what is the media’s relationship to the construction of a local reality, how does it relate to ideas of truth, fact and history, and what are its possibilities for engaging with new audiences and existing local/global structures? One of the theoretical bases that informs CPS’s approach to art and the media is the notion of 'aesthetic journalism': http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Book,id=4651/. This is a huge body of research undertaken between 2004 and 2009. Alfredo Cramerotti as writer/curator and Fay Nicolson as artist have recently collaborated to 'unpack' this concept using a practical approach; Fay developed an ‘ABC of aesthetic journalism' which is published as a blog: http://fayinc.wordpress.com. During the seminar and the tutorials, DAI students were involved in this process of progression from a (theoretical) notion of aesthetic journalism to a practical implementation of this concept (as could manifest itself in biennial models such as M8). We invites students to engage in the ABC blog by responding to a post/s or by creating their own. They could add to, comment on, critique, extend, oppose or digress from the current content. Responses could take the form of text, image, video, audio or web link. Directly or indirectly consider our opening bullet points in relation to this invitation. Their approach could have been academic, artistic, communicative, reflexive, objective or personal. The only rules were that they could not delete existing content and that responses had to be indexed in their respective alphabetical category. Students were given the username and password to the blog for the duration of the project. Alfredo Cramerotti Fay Nicolson (image courtesy Lado Darakhvelidze/DAI)