There is a definite crossover between what we see as “art”, and what we see as “journalism”. In a time where the definitions of such concepts are rapidly changing in response to outside forces, namely the internet, the lines are sure to blur. From such, the ways in which we express ourselves or tell stories too will change.
Aesthetic journalism is a concept thought of by Alfredo Cramerotti, generally, it is the idea of using artistic practice in the form of exploring a social, cultural, or political issue. A prominent example of this I feel is Banksy, a UK-based street artist with a strong focus on themes of corruption, poverty, race, and capitalism. While personally I find his work a little dull and two-dimensional, I mean, how many variations of “man in gas mask” can a man create? There is no argument that what he does causes a spectable:
“Aesthetics is that process in which we open our sensibility to the diversity of the forms of nature and convert them into a tangible experience” – Alfredo Cramerotti
Through works such as Banksy’s being so big in popular media, the issues he explores, which are no doubt important, too gain traction. It is this idea that exemplifies Cramerotti’s “aesthetic journalism”. The way in which we all convey ideas is different, while journalism leans toward a more explicit nature, artistry relies on interpretation. Is interpretation a good thing, however? Is the chance to engage with, and discuss a work like Banksy’s a greater means of discourse on these issues? Well, I guess that all depends on how much you like to stare at white people wearing gas masks.
Cramerotti, Alfredo, 2011, “What is Aesthetic Journalism,” in Cramerotti, Alfredo, Aesthetic Journalism: How to Inform Without Informing, Intellect, London