A concept I studied last semester has come back to haunt me again, and although it’s quite hard to understand at first, it has some pretty interesting material. Creative cities and public media spaces.
A movie theatre is a perfect example.
Think about it, tons of people come together to engage in the same activity – sitting in a dark room in silence, watching people reenact life on a huge television screen. This takes us to the concept of ‘public engagement in a private space.’ Have you ever wondered why people are shushing you when you’re chewing loudly on your popcorn? Or why the lights dim before the show? It’s a private space, and it can be defined just by its audio and visual appeal. This also brings us to the term ‘aesthetic journalism’ which Dr. Marcus O’Donnell introduced to us in this weeks lecture. Aesthetic journalism refers to ‘art journalism’, a kind of journalism that involves appreciation of the arts, including films, literature, music, theatre, design and so on.
Another example used for this concept can be public protests. Activists who have a strong, compassionate belief in an issue – such as animal welfare – come together in a public area and protest against negative impact.
I’ll finish off with a quote from Alfredo Cramerotti, author of Aesthetic Journalism –
The relationship between journalism and art is a difficult territory to chart. What I call aesthetic journalism involves artistic practices in the form of investigation of social, cultural or political circumstances. Its research outcomes take shape in the art context, rather than through media channels.
Cramerotti, Alfredo, 2011, “What is Aesthetic Journalism,” in Cramerotti, Alfredo, Aesthetic Journalism: How to Inform Without Informing, Intellect, London, viewed 07/04/2014, http://thinkingpractices.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/cramerotti-aesthetic-journalism.pdf
Dr. Marcus O’Donnell, 2014, ‘Media Spaces’, Lecture Powerpoint Slides, BCM310, University of Wollongong, viewed 07/04/2014, https://moodle.uowplatform.edu.au/pluginfile.php/205807/mod_resource/content/0/Media%20spaces.pdf