Printmaking and photography: Deceleration through the imprint? Public lecture at Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen, in collaboration with Trykkkeriet, Bergen.

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Ruth Pelzer-Montada´s talk will focus on the works of two artists, Australian Brook Andrew and German Christiane Baumgartner. In discussing their woodcuts, she will argue that their particular material methods result in effects that slow down the viewer’s experience of viewing and thus increase the critical potential of the (photographic) image. Both utilize camera-based images as their source material, hence, their particular approaches to and uses of print processes imply a questioning of the unproblematic transparency that is linked to the camera-based image. ‘Slowing down’ or ‘decelerating’ our apperception, especially of photographic images, is important because their easy availability and speed of dissemination have increased the implicit transparency that has arguably been one of the photograph’s most prominent attributes. As Roland Barthes said in Camera Lucida: «a photograph is always invisible: it is not it that we see». Digital processes have furthered this ‘fantasy of the pure image’ (Lucy Soutter), but the two artists demonstrate how print can successfully undermine it.
Period30 Apr 2018
Held atHordaland Kunstsenter in collaboration with Trykkeriet Bergen, Norway
Degree of RecognitionRegional