Matrix of Movement - the co-existence of the handmade and the digital

Hill, Tracy orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-6218-4242 (2018) Matrix of Movement - the co-existence of the handmade and the digital. In: Impact 10 International Print Conference, 5th -9th September 2018, Santander, Spain.

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This presentation explores print as a platform of mulitple dimensions, providing an essential link between the traditions of the handmade print and the potential of new technologies.
‘Matrix of Movement’ is a cross-disciplinary project, bringing together the worlds of Fine Art, Environmental conservation, Ecology, Environmental science and industrial surveying offering new ideas and ways of seeing familiar spaces. Environmental impact and awareness of post-industrial wetlands over the last few years has led to increased interest in re-engaging with and the protection of these unique locations. By using commercial digital 3D mapping instruments to inform my imagery these projects connect with our modern obsession for locating, ordering and controlling our experiences of landscapes.
Traditionally printed intaglio prints explore the potential of digital technologies and challenge our perceptions and willingness to experience these post-industrial wetland environments through discovery.
Are we forced to experience these post-industrial landscapes through abstracted observations where journeys are based on the bias of road networks and the ever-growing number of digital navigational aids?
More directly ‘Matrix of Movement’ considers ideas around re-interpretation and a repositioning of traditional printmaking skills and processes as part of a wider cross-disciplinary art practice. Large Intaglio plates incorporate photopolymer technology to offer a view beyond our own human visual capability, combining digital information taken from 3D laser scanners with the traditions of the hand printed intaglio surface resulting in a re-imagined vision linking digital and aesthetic. Images presented create an opportunity to explore what is beyond the paper surface becoming a visualization of the point where our physical and digital worlds overlap, the edge between the location and how we feel to be part of it.

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