Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

The Human Printer featuring the Print is dead series, Panel Paper: A model for the collaborative studio in the 21st Century and the changing role of the Master Printer

Paul Laidler
Name of conference: Impact 7 Printmaking Conference
Place: Monash University, Faculty of Art & Design, Melbourne, Australia
Date: 27th - 30th Sep 2011
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URL Links: http://impact7.org.au/about.html


This paper has been developed from a practice-based study for my PhD thesis 2011, entitled: ‘Collaborative digital and wide format printing: methods and considerations for the artist and master printer’. The paper discusses the panel's themes of printmaking, collaboration, process, and the digital age as a series of concepts toward the initiation and production of a digitally mediated ‘print’ series ‘Print is Dead’. Here the preoccupation with production and process is emphasised over the end product as a means to address the collaborative print process and the conceptual considerations for the work, engaging with printmaking themes. Whilst the resulting works are not prints in the truest sense, printmaking is imbedded as a means to consider the broadening definition of ‘print’ in the digital age. In this instance printmaking is considered as an expanded term through the production of paintings and drawings whilst the digitally mediated ‘print’ is realised through the Print on Demand model - a facility synonymous with digital technology. Collectively the themes and production processes highlight the often de-emphasised collaborative undertaking by printers for artists, and the subsequent acknowledgement of this art category, whilst the resulting artworks challenge assumptions of authorship and originality in the production of artworks for artists.

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