Matt Donovan and Hallie Siegel : History Machines

29 July – 22 October 2016

Location: Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3LR, Scotland, UK
A UK premiere exhibition of new commissions and existing artwork by Toronto artists Matt Donovan and Hallie Siegel, that explores the enduring legacy of print that continues to shape how we communicate – even as we launch ourselves into a digital future.The new commissions in this exhibition are playful graphic hybrids that encourage us to look at ‘ print’ as not merely a series of technical processes and products, but as a graphic culture that exerts its influence over even our most mundane interactions and activities. Accompanying these prints, is a selection of other print-inspired work, which merges sculpture, graphic design, poetry, found text, and storytelling, to produce curious hybrid devices that embody the culture of printmaking. Examples include the Haikube, a poetry generation machine modelled on the Rubik’ s cube, and a machined brass Self-Printing Book – the ‘ sculptural edition’ of Vannevar Bush’ s 1945 essay “As We May Think”, commonly cited as a harbinger of the digital era and the first printed description of what we now know as personal computers, hypertext and the internet.

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