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The Accidental Printmaker Challenge: Photographic recordings of printed acts, remnants and repetition.

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The Accidental Printmaker Challenge: Photographic recordings of printed acts, remnants and repetition. . As printmakers the creative act is largely undertaken in the print studio. A space with specialist equipment, established procedures, exemplars of process and perhaps expectations of what we mean by printmaking! Nevertheless, beyond the studio and in our daily lives we continually engage in printed performances and repetitive behaviours. One might say our homes and routines are embedded with graphic happenings, acts that leave imprints of our existence as practice. . The Challenge The accidental printmaker is not overly concerned with the conceiving of an idea in print or the proceeding association with mastery of technical process. The dissociation with some disciplinary conventions is not to devalue established practices, but to revaluate printmaking as an expanded practice. This particular expanded view borrows from the ‘readymade’ as a means to nominate the overlooked. Here the disciplinary led ‘nomination’ and repurposing of an artefact should draw our attention to interactions with surface and / or repetitive procedures. In this context the compulsion is to create in the name of print, where the accidental is to make visible the incidental.  Remember, the aim is to re-engage with, or comment on printmaking – so no actual (conventional) ‘printmaking’ please. . Challenge Guidelines This challenge requires you to use photography or film as a means to document the incidental imprint, repetitive act or graphic remnants that exist beyond the studio. The recording of these expanded print practices may include subtle interventions or presentation methods that enhance our ability to see ‘printmaking’ anew. . We will be using Instagram to view (and find) your images. Could you therefore hashtag your post with #accidentalprint as we are intending on ‘regramming’ images through @uwe_maprint It may also be useful to accompany your posted image with the following challenge text, . ‘I am taking part in The Accidental Print Challenge where photographic recordings capture printed acts, remnants and repetition beyond the studio. Challenge hosted by @uwe_maprint ‘

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As printmakers the creative act is largely undertaken in the print studio. A space with specialist equipment, established procedures, exemplars of process and perhaps expectations of what we mean by printmaking! Nevertheless, beyond the studio and in our daily lives we continually engage in printed performances and repetitive behaviours. One might say our homes and routines are embedded with graphic happenings, acts that leave imprints of our existence as practice.
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The Challenge
The accidental printmaker is not overly concerned with the conceiving of an idea in print or the proceeding association with mastery of technical process. The dissociation with some disciplinary conventions is not to devalue established practices, but to revaluate printmaking as an expanded practice. This particular expanded view borrows from the ‘readymade’ as a means to nominate the overlooked. Here the disciplinary led ‘nomination’ and repurposing of an artefact should draw our attention to interactions with surface and / or repetitive procedures. In this context the compulsion is to create in the name of print, where the accidental is to make visible the incidental.  Remember, the aim is to re-engage with, or comment on printmaking – so no actual (conventional) ‘printmaking’ please.
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Challenge Guidelines
This challenge requires you to use photography or film as a means to document the incidental imprint, repetitive act or graphic remnants that exist beyond the studio. The recording of these expanded print practices may include subtle interventions or presentation methods that enhance our ability to see ‘printmaking’ anew.