Printmaking in the post-print age: critical and creative methods in the context of contemporary art and society

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Abstract

The collaborative processes between artist/ printmaker and scientists is the subject of my proposed paper and the topic for discussion for the Impact 9 Conference in Hangzhou 2015. In 2006, I undertook a collaborative art-science research project with scientists from the Scottish Crop Research Institute (now the James Hutton Institute), entitled Blueprint for Bacterial Life. Using advanced digital tools I developed the concept of their Genome Diagram into a multimedia interactive installation with animations and music based on the genetic plasticity and evolution of bacterial pathogens. I began by creating a series of etchings and screen-prints using a very subtle range of silvery blues and greys and worked with some specific inks known as interference inks. It was through looking at those prints that the scientists noticed the occurrence of new elements and a very specific event of gene acquisition. By simplifying the diagram into a tonal variation and re-contextualizing the data it revealed information that the scientists had completely overlooked. Their scientific approach to the data was systematic and empirical. By chance, this artistic re-interpretation of the scientific data contributed to a new insight. Rather than simply identifying genes unique to a pathogen, the screen-prints revealed the presence of other genes in all of the bacteria, possibly representing genes essential to all forms of bacteria.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIMPACT 9: International Printmaking Conference
Subtitle of host publicationAcademic Papers/Illustrated Talks/Themed Panels
Place of PublicationHangzhou
PublisherChina Academy of Art Press
Pages89-94
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9787550309579
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventIMPACT9: International Print Conference - Printmaking in the Post-Print Age - China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
Duration: 22 Sep 201526 Sep 2015
http://impact9.caa.edu.cn/home/

Conference

ConferenceIMPACT9: International Print Conference - Printmaking in the Post-Print Age
Abbreviated titleIMPACT 9
CountryChina
CityHangzhou
Period22/09/1526/09/15
Internet address

Keywords

  • Printmaking
  • Digital
  • SciArt
  • Sci-Art

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    The Scales of Life | A case study on an Art-Science Visualisation

    Shemilt, E., Jul 2015, Electronic Visualisation & the Arts (EVA) Conference 2015: 7-9 July 2015, London. BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, 7 p. (Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)).

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  • New Ways of Seeing - Suite of Prints

    Shemilt, E. & Cook, S., 2014

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    Shemilt, E. (2015). Printmaking in the post-print age: critical and creative methods in the context of contemporary art and society. In IMPACT 9: International Printmaking Conference: Academic Papers/Illustrated Talks/Themed Panels (pp. 89-94). China Academy of Art Press.