I'm participating in a V2 Blowup event: Aesthetic Journalism
Lino Hellings (NL), Alfredo Cramerotti (UK), Gair Dunlop (UK)
Documentary images are a common method to measure and reflect on the monumental scale of change occurring in contemporary society. These images are also highly aestheticised, making beauty even of images of the most desolate slum or industrialised landscape. As a crossover point between art and journalism, the documentary image also allows us to question the veracity of world events from multiple viewpoints, often offering multiple uncomfortable realities instead of a single, easily-digestible worldview. In an era of a massive data onslaught that individuals struggle to cope with, the documentary image continues to offer us a human face on information, sometimes elegantly summarising a complex situation. But what balance needs to be struck between honest portrayals of reality and artistic license?
V2 Institute for Unstable Media Rotterdam
25th August 20.00 till 23.00Material on the very enjoyable London screening soon; particular thanks to David Fyans for tremendous sonic input, and to Ken Hollings for an incisive and lateral reading.