In an age in which reproduction routines are almost entirely interpreted digitally and broken into binary code and processed, a survey of analogue techniques of reproduction is to be developed. We want to concentrate predominantly on technologies based on (photo-) chemical principles used in the graphic industry before the digital revolution replaced them by the computer. Seemingly “non-artistic” tools which were used in offices, for aiding administrative work, producing presentation material, amateur publishing.
Many of this pre-digital machinery is hardly part of graphic production or a tool towards presentation material anymore, only in small numbers still in use and on the brink on been forgotten or disappear, with all its idiosyncrasies.
This project assesses the gear, tests methods and explores and maps the backgrounds, qualities, reasons for occurrence and historic decline.
by Florian Lamm, Sandy Hofmann, Nella Rieken