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Residencies '19 - '20

Nora Kapfer

During my residency at the Frans Masereel Centrum I would like to work with a series of symbols and signs which are part of Unicode. Unicode is an international computing industry standard for the consisting encoding, representation, and handling of text expressed in most of the world’s writing systems. I am especially interested in the digital symbols and signs which are used in every day communication via email, social medias or instant messaging. They have become an essential part of your language. These signs are sediments of cultural references and they are content and form at the same time. As silhouettes, they are functioning as ambiguous indicators and codes for emotions. They claim to work universally and indefinitely. Concurrently they mark a boundary or an end and refer to abstraction.

In some recent work of mine I used them as read-mades or objet trouvé and applied them as simple commodities on the black bitumen surfaces of the paintings to create more circuitous links to this networked environment we are living in. Working with this shapes brought up following questions: What expression is inherent to that new formal language? Where does it derive from? What kind of information can be extracted from that? What kind of conceptual inferences can be drawn from Unicode which considers itself as an ongoing global project? What kind of logics can I myself as an artist develop from that and how to abstract this appropriated material and feed it into my production?

At the work shops I will challenge these digital signs and symbols in different printing techniques in close combination with my painterly practice. I am especially interested in etching and silkscreen printing which I already have some experience in. I will try to find a prolific tension between working in serial reproduction which is inherent to the medium of printing and more individual forms of expression which require a strong intuitive and more arbitrary painterly logic. I would very much appreciate to learn more about aquatint and sugar lift aquatint plates, as well as photogravure techniques. I would also like to combined different techniques, like printing on very thin paper by Chine-collé for example and applying that on to canvas or wooden boards which I had been painting on before. Or printing on canvas and then starting to painting on top of that. I would very much like to take my open studio practice to Frans Masereel Centrum and its specific context and concentrate on producing a new series of works there. I am looking very much forward to be able to make us of workshops and to improve my skills and knowledge about printing techniques.

General Residency
22.05.2017 - 09.06.2017


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