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The University of Southampton
Archaeologies of Media and Technology Research group

Guest seminar on copy art and artistic electrography Event

Dr. Beatriz Escribano
14:00 - 15:30
16 May 2018
PGR Study Room East Building, ground floor Winchester School of Art

For more information regarding this event, please email Professor Jussi Parikka at .

Event details

Welcome to Dr. Beatriz Escribano’s guest seminar on copy art and electrographic practices in media art history. Dr Escribano is a visiting post-doctoral researcher at the Winchester School of Art and hosted by AMT. Her work relates to the photocopy machine and how artists have adopted the technology in their practice. Please find below the abstract and a bio.

Electrographic Practices In the Archaeology of Art and New Media

The role of the electrographic practices of reproduction and printing of images in underground movements has become more valued and considered in contexts of art and new media. This includes work on the photocopy machine and the different artistic practices emerging from using it as an artistic medium.

The goal of this research and this talk is to bring to light certain underground artistic movements including Copy Art and also to connect this within a broader stream called artistic electrography. My aim is to analyse its place in the historical, political and technological context of its emergence. For this reason, the research suggests a new point of view that explains some phenomena, art paradigms or art forms in current art that were visible from the analogue and digital materiality of the photocopy artworks.

All this work is based, on the one hand, on the original artistic documentary, bibliographic materials, and artistic collections held by the International Museum of Electrography (MIDE) (Cuenca, Spain), Fondazione Vodoz Danese (Milan, Italy ); Museo Comunale d’Arte Moderna dell’Informazione e della Fotografia, Musinf (Senigallia, Italy); Museum für Fotokopie (Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany), Karin und Uwe Hollweg private museum (Bremen, Germany), Archiv-Black Kit archive by  Boris Nieslony (Cologne, Germany) the private collection by Jean-Claude Baudot (Paris, France) and others artists´ collections. And on the other hand, the primary and most important sources to obtain information is through interview with the main artists as a way to learn about these practices, their protagonists and the main geographical contacts.

Speaker information

Dr. Beatriz Escribano, earned her Ph.D. in Arts with the thesis “Copy Art Histories: The emergence of the photocopy machine in the 20th century art and its role as Historical Media Art. Tendencies and thematic cartography of Copy Art” (2017). She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2011) from the School of Fine Arts in Cuenca and she specialized in Media Art through the Masters in Research on Multimedia & Visual Arts by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (2012). After being beneficiary of a FPI (Research Staff Training) by the JCCM (2014-2017), currently she is a Postdoctoral Researcher studying the role of the processes of [re]production and transmission of images in the 1960s. She has curated exhibitions such as "Processes: The Artist and the Machine" (2014) and she has collaborated with Oliver Grau in the Archive of Digital Art project, through a research stay at the Danube University (Krems, Austria), as well as others in the Digital Media Lab (University of Bremen, Germany) and in CITU Laboratoire Paragraphe (Université Paris 8, France). Since 2010 she is member of Cultural Interfaces, Art & New Media Research Group and her last publication is Processes: The Artist and the Machine. Reflections on the Historical Media Art (2016).

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