As part of the ongoing Skaftfell Residency Program, the Thematic Residency Printing Matter aims to create a platform for exchange, discussion, and collaboration amongst fellow artists from various disciplines, who share a professional interest in the residency’s topic, both on a practical and a conceptual level, and who wish to deepen their knowledge and expertise.
This year’s Thematic Residency “Printing Matter” is a three-week intensive program for seven artists, focusing on printmaking and artist book making. Printing Matter is developed and guided by the Danish artist and graphic designer Åse Eg Jørgensen. The program includes group workshops, independent research and practice, and an informal final presentation. Working facilities and printmaking equipment will be made available through the collaboration between Skaftfell and the Technical Museum of East Iceland in Seyðisfjörður.
The main focus of Printing Matter will be the exploration of various “old-school” printing and bookbinding techniques, experimenting with ink, paper, type, binding, folding, and sewing. The workshop sessions will be hands-on and experimental, as well as discursive. Selected texts will act as foundation for discussions on printed matter and printed multiples in their art historical context, and the artists will present their practices to the group in short artist talks.
At the end of the program, the results will be presented to the public in an informal exhibition.