The Graphic Matrix as a Trace Carrier
"Theory when carefully and fully considered, has the capacity to make art and practice more interesting, to empower artists, to open spaces, and to deepen experience."
This public seminar expands on Ruth Pelzer-Montada's anthology of texts on contemporary printmaking to consider "the graphic matrix as a trace carrier, to enable an imprint of a visual recording of the trace onto the surface." "Traditional print techniques have once again risen to the fore in current artistic practice: in the age of the ever-present digitally printed image, as a political re-assertion of the artist’s presence. Print implies a shift from the optical to the haptic, from a purely visual regime to the centrality of the physical act of transferring a trace by direct contact."
Professor Theo Barth, Dr. Ruth Pelzer-Montada, research fellow Samoa Remy and Professor Annu Vertanen will deliver four lectures, chaired by Associate Professor Victoria Browne. As a platform for in-depth discursive debate, this will further permeate into the students’ creative writing activities during a circular discussion in the afternoon.
Perspectives on Contemporary Printmaking ed. Ruth Pelzer-Montada 2018.
 p79. Kathryn Reeves, The re-vision of printmaking, 1999
 p87. Andrzej Bednarczyk, The shape of graphic art, 2010
 p100. José Roca, The graphic unconscious or the how and why of a print triennial, 2011, as cited in Susana Gallego Cuesta, Esthetique de l’emprinte, La Vie des idées, 2008