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Betwixt & Between
A conversation between Jo Ganter and Ruth Pelzer-Montada
How useful is the concept of ‘intermediality’ in the context of prints and printmaking?
Whether it’s Christiane Baumgartner’s video and wood cut combinations or Regina Silveira’s wall-paper like vinyl print installations covering whole buildings or gallery spaces, the crossing of formerly well-established media boundaries is a common feature of most contemporary art, including print.
Inspired by a dialogue we had in between panels and papers at IMPACT 2011 in Melbourne we propose to hold a conversation about the topic of such media crossings in print. Two conditions made our discussion in Melbourne so interesting: the conference provided the intellectual frame-work to our exchange and yet our conversation was an informal one, happening in the corridor between formal panel discussions. A third factor which contributed to the sense of discovery and insights derived from our respective specialisms and professional context: Jo, with a background in art history and theory, is firmly based in the studio, both as an educator and artist, and Ruth, while being a practising artist, is predominantly teaching Visual Culture to art students and undertaking critical/theoretical writing.
It is therefore from our overlapping, yet divergent interests and experiences, that we wish to approach the topic. What are the concrete intermedial practices in printmaking for which media borders or specificities are indeed important? How does intermediality differ from multi-media practice? What are the consequences of intermedial practices for the teaching and practising of printmaking?
We plan to reference recent exhibitions of print in Scotland that are exemplary of our ideas by running a Powerpoint presentation as a backdrop to our discussion.