All That Fits: The Aesthetics of Journalism

Saturday 28 May 2011 to Sunday 31 July 2011

Curated by Alfredo Cramerotti & Simon Sheikh

The exhibition All that Fits: The Aesthetics of Journalism presented the provocative idea that art and journalism are two sides of a unique activity; the production and distribution of images and information. The exhibition brings to the surface how images and information are communicated, and the aesthetic principles used in the act of transmission.

Whereas journalism provides a view on the world, as it 'really' is, art often presents a view on the view, as an act of reflection. All that Fits: The Aesthetics of Journalism examined both as systems of information that define truth in terms of the visible but also what can be imagined.

In the course of two months, the exhibition was presented in three chapters: The Speaker, The Image and The Militant. The three separate displays of artwork refer to the rotation of the news cycle, while each responding to the overall theme.

The Speaker (28th May - 19th June) concerned a specific figure, the speaking subject or author, also in terms of editorial processes and camera angles. What can enable a subject to appear as authentic, authoritative and truthful?

The Image (22nd June - 10th July) examined how images are produced, through framing and positioning, but also how counter-images are created. Despite the claim of neutrality and pragmatism, this chapter proposed an 'aesthetics of journalism'.

The Militant (13th - 31st July) continued the strand of counter-images, but by using journalistic means such as exposé and research. These methods often work to uncover what a corporate media industry does not, and thus return to some of reportage's initial claims.

All That Fits: The Aesthetics of Journalism was supported by the Danish Art Council, Mondriaan Foundation, Autograph ABP, The Jack Kirkland Collection, the Embassy of Brazil in London and Centre National des Arts Plastiques (France).

Sammy Baloji (DR Congo) - exhibition Mémoire is produced with kind support from Autograph ABP London, Yael Bartana (Holland/Israel), Eric Baudelaire (France), Ursula Biemann (Switzerland), Ross Birrell (UK), Michael Blum (Canada/Israel), Broomberg and Chanarin (UK/South Africa), Abraham Cruzvillegas (Germany/Mexico), Anita Di Bianco (Germany/USA), Marcelo Exposito (Argentina/Spain), Douglas Fishbone (UK/USA), Zachary Formwalt (Holland/USA), Wynne Greenwood and K8 Hardy (USA), Tamar Guimaraes (Brazil/Denmark), Lamia Joreige (Lebanon), Graziela Kunsch (Brazil), Michael Takeo Magruder (UK/USA), Renzo Martens (Holland), Oliver Ressler (Austria), Katya Sander (Denmark), Slum-TV (Kenya), Hito Steyerl (Germany), Walid Raad/The Atlas Group (USA/Lebanon) and Alejandro Vidal (Spain).

Extra Gallery Spaces
NEWS! New Event World Spectacular
Exhibition around QUAD's corridors and digital screens curated by Lauren Mele and Hannah Conroy.

In conjunction with 'All That Fits', Lauren Mele and Hannah Conroy were commissioned to investigate ties between contemporary art and journalism and its increasingly progressive relationship. Loosely based on Fay Nicolson's blog, 'An ABC of Aesthetic Journalism', the exhibition attempted to portray a comprehensive array of interpretations of the aesthetics of journalism; and to serve as a platform for further thought and discussion beyond the gallery walls.

Exhibition Catalogue
Limited edition 'All That Fits' Risograph Catalogue was available from QUAD during the exhibition priced £6.00

Audio Guide
Click here to download an Audio Guide to accompany this exhibition. Curator Alfredo Cramerotti discusses the formation of the exhibition and some specific pieces of work.