Digital/Dark Side of Printmaking

Milos Djordjevic

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The proposed topic for the themed panel focuses on the large and constantly growing digital realm in printmaking which until two years ago was of interest mainly to technology enthusiasts. From the perspective of mainstream printmaking art, this field of creativity represented its "other" side, present but not fully lit. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, digital tools, digital resources and the digital environment became absolutely present in various fields of work activities, including printmaking art and education. Some of the aspects of practical and creative application of digital tools, digital resources and the digital environment in printmaking art concern the changes in the process of production and distribution of works of art, established practice of organizing exhibitions, or approaches of teaching at faculties. Therefore, this panel will argue that changes in established social and economical practices in printmaking art and art education during the pandemic period revealed widely to the light the digital aspect of printmaking which has become embraced in the printmaking community in various ways and/or degrees. Artists now create digital files of their physical works to exhibit them in online exhibitions. Due to stricter customs laws and administrative procedures in postal traffic, the organizers of the exhibition started inviting artists to send their works in digital format, which they then print in traditional or modern techniques on their own. Professors organize online classes that unquestionably pushed the boundaries of pedagogical practice. Digital resources and digital tools seem to have become an integral part of printmaking and it seems they are there to stay. This is an invitation to artists and academics to critically reflect on effects and future outcomes of this digital change on printmaking art and practice that has taken place in the last two years.

Please submit your proposals directly to this link by Friday 4 March 2022.
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