Artistic journalism is the act of creating a social dialogue through artistic expression, research, exploration, and action. To engage students in this method, Ars Electronica Futurelab co-director Hideaki Ogawa has been teaching “Artistic Journalism” online courses at Keio University SFC (Shonan Fujisawa Campus). Artistic journalism is characterized by the creation of opportunities for subjective experience of facts and topics, rather than the transmission of objective facts through the written word. The experimental series of classes discussed the method through online lectures, online guided tours and dialogues with the Ars Electronica Center.
The courses revolve around the question: In today’s age of overflowing visual information such as text and images, what is a new way to listen carefully and think deeply and slowly about facts and issues, rather than simply consuming or reacting to information and news? Artistic Journalism is a process of drawing a picture of the future through paying attention to the various creative questions that artists create, precisely because we live in an unstable and unclear age.
In this course, we have created a dialogue with new knowledge that cannot be conveyed by books, newspapers and online media alone. Furthermore we discussed how to apply this dialogue to future policy, through the activities of Ars Electronica, based in Linz, Austria.
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