Cut, Paste, Print: Transforming Reproductive Limits
Suzanne Anker, Keynote Speaker
Reproduction is becoming a revolutionary enterprise in the age of technoscience: from digital ink-jets to computational neural nets, from remote imaging to cybernetic communication systems, from tissue engineering of human cells to reproductive technologies. With the bio-printing of replacement organs to invisible data bases, our technoscientific age seems without limits. Beginning with a stenciled handprint in the Paleolithic epoch, multiplicity, is thus born. Ancestral humans employ the hand as a template which recovers negative space to form pictorial practice as a genesis of cognitive sign systems. In the process of generating something unique, a myriad of technologies transform entities, be they images on substrates, or cells in the scientific laboratory. With a propensity for executing numerous copies, printmaking processes and cell culturing have become mutually invested, conceptually. Jump cut to the 21st century, a time in which cloning and bio-printing reveal multiplication as an extended territory of a post-industrial, globalized geo-political geography. This talk will examine an expanded field of printmaking and how it intersects with the technosciences.
About Impact 8 International Printmaking Conference:
A celebration of interdisciplinarity and exploration through the medium of print
The eighth Impact international conference will be hosted in Dundee as a central element to the inaugural Print Festival Scotland – an event which aims to confirm the cultural diversity, historical significance and future potential of print.
Foregrounding the inherent experimental and interdisciplinary nature of print practices Impact 8 will provide a critical and interactive platform for the varied interests that make print such a unique discipline. From its hybrid roots in industry and scholarship, through traditional design applications and fine art practices to its consistent significance within emerging technologies and theoretical debate – print continues to play a crucial role in the exploration of borders and crossings – be they geographical, ideological, cultural, theoretical or practical.
With the theme of ‘exploration’ and the multiple identity of the print, in mind, we would like to welcome you to Dundee to explore the cross-disciplinary nature of print media. Impact 8 will build upon the meeting’s reputation as a truly international event whilst reflecting the cultural identity of Scotland and Dundee’s reputation and heritage as the ‘City of Discovery’ – from polar exploration to biomedical research and its traditions of print, printmaking and publishing.
For more information: http://www.conf.dundee.ac.uk/impact8/