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Printmaking is an area of artistic practice that has a rich history both within fine art and in popular media. A practice in printmaking involves artistic vision, technical expertise, experimental approaches to making, and a deep knowledge of the histories of print.
‘Robots and Rembrandt’ proposes a two-pronged approach to investigating the relationship of Print Media practices to technology, by simultaneously looking at the past for historical grounding while also preparing for the future through material research and studio-based inquiry.
This project has two parallel streams of investigation: ‘Robots’, led by Beth Howe, and ‘Rembrandt’, led by Diyan Achjadi. In ‘Robots’, Beth Howe works with integrating new technological tools into historic intaglio processes, using them as models for the code and the machine to interpret into a 21st Century etched plate. In ‘Rembrandt’, Diyan Achjadi looks into historic intaglio prints in the Yosef Wosk Collection to begin building institutional knowledge about this collection. Together, the project aims to propose contemporary manifestations of print through the study of its historical origins.