Wednesday, 3 March 2010
TRADIGITAL PRINT portfolio exchange ??
Tradigital portfolio/ exchange/ exhibition/ book
definition of what is meant by this is at the top (header) of this blog
That's a long title - I know . But I just thought that I 'd see if any of you respond as I need to do something "actual" and real, in relation to this blog. It's getting more and more difficult to keep up my momentum. I kind of want to initiate some action in relation to the ethos of the research, as it were.
I would love to co ordinate a portfolio exchange project but would want for it to be exhibited as well, internationally.
As I am an independent artist without allegiances to eg the academic world - this makes things more difficult but there may be benefits that I am unaware of, as of yet.
............................ Additionally I would like to see a book come out of this project, perhaps using Blurb dot com or Lulu dot com. I have previously thought that I would like a design/layout for a book by one of these 'self publishing outfits which has some pages in the book left deliberately blank.
Obviously the nature of the paper would need to be considered. Thereafter artists involved with this exchange/project would make a "a printmaking" intervention therein (i.e., within these "designated blank areas").
The book would document the creation of the prints; the digital technology and equipment used, along with the papers + materials. Additionally the traditional processes would be explored as well as the content/ subject of the artworks (providing the individual artists were agreeable). I would like to explore how the role of physically making the print interacts with the development of ideas and associations in relation to the artists initial intentions.
It's just a pipe dream, as such, at the moment but I couldn't do this on my own and would need partners.
I wouldn't want for the project to be wide open either in terms of participants, in that there would have to be some kind of 'selection' process. Obviously if one wants for the project to be high calibre, then the standard of the work would have to be high. Having previously participated in portfolio exchanges - I know all too well, the dissapointment of receiving an unsatisfactory batch of return prints, of which for example two thirds, appear to have been done at the last minute and even then were not even properly finished or printed.
I have connections with a good number of what I consider interesting and professional printmakers so that's not so much an issue...........at this point in time it's partners coming on board who are willing to make efforts in relation to getting the portfolio exhibited and or to help with designing the layout of the book that are particularly sought.
Perhaps you have experience of using the Blurb book design software or have a facility for such things? Maybe you have some ideas about funding. It could be that getting involved in a project such as this would be the right thing to do in terms of your own professional development.
If you haven't been completely put off by now (which of course isn't what I wish to do rather I want for you to realize all that is involved !
then please just leave a comment with a means of my replying to you.
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As a final footnote I wouldn't imagine this coming to realization until about 18 months time so roughly the fall of of 2011.