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The digital matrix and the paperless print.

Thompson, Paul


Paul Thompson


Stephen Hoskins


This paper examines, from the perspective of a critically engaged practioner within the context of contemporary fine art printmaking practice, the concept of a digital matrix and the consequent paperless print. It identifies that digital printmaking is a definition that can encompass both material and non-material manifestations of the fine art print when set against developments in presentation technologies and subsequent increased demands from the digital cultural consumer. The implications of de-materialisation and subsequent shifts of the print art object from the physical to temporal are considered in the light of the challenges they present. The inherent implications for the practioner and their perception of practice are examined in the light of the printmaker / artist now having access to new forms of expression which no longer rely on physicality. The paper further suggests that the adopted mechanisms of establishing and maintaining authenticity of the de-materialised print art object must be commensurate with the complexities of digital practice; collaboration, partnership, duplication, authenticity and interpretation, and are evolved from ethical considerations of conduct, and the spirit of creative commons which are perhaps more akin to musical and performance arts than traditional visual art.


THOMPSON, P. 2009. The digital matrix and the paperless print. In Hoskins, S. (ed.) Proceedings of the IMPACT 6 multidisciplinary printmaking conference, September 2009, Bristol, UK. Bristol: Impact Press, pages 44-56.

Conference Name IMPACT 6 multidisciplinary printmaking conference
Conference Location Bristol, UK
Start Date Sep 1, 2009
End Date Sep 30, 2009
Acceptance Date Sep 30, 2011
Online Publication Date Sep 30, 2011
Publication Date Sep 19, 2011
Deposit Date Oct 11, 2011
Publicly Available Date Oct 11, 2011
Publisher Impact Press
Pages 44-56
ISBN 9781906501037
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