EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN | Anachronism

EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN | Anachronism

Nothing can be ever to be truly original. Everything is influenced by actions, ideas or needs that have preceded it. Even the first sentient thought by ancient humankind can be said to be nothing more than an expansion on the basic instinct to survive that is shared by all living beings on this planet.

However, while nothing can be said to be truly original, everything can be said to be unique. Even processed that are scaled up to mass production levels and repeated endlessly will have some variations between iterations.

Anachronism is an exploration of the idea of iterative progress and seeking a voice in an age of mass production. A look into how every idea is just an expansion of every other idea that came before it. An endless process of self-similar recursion. A fractal process.

 The automated press can be said to be one of the inventions that brought about modernity.  This unique moment in history was the ideal vehicle for my project for two main reasons. The ripples of the mass production of media are still felt today and growing ever larger as news is disseminated at an ever more rapid rate; secondly, no process shows variation between repeated iteration quite like letterpress does.  As such, I resurrected Eastern Star's Wharfdale industrial letterpress. This was the first commercial press in the country. Sadly it now stands unused.

The automated press can be said to be one of the inventions that brought about modernity.

This unique moment in history was the ideal vehicle for my project for two main reasons. The ripples of the mass production of media are still felt today and growing ever larger as news is disseminated at an ever more rapid rate; secondly, no process shows variation between repeated iteration quite like letterpress does.

As such, I resurrected Eastern Star's Wharfdale industrial letterpress. This was the first commercial press in the country. Sadly it now stands unused.

 The project consisted of a series of prints that resulted from repeating the letterpress process until the ink on the letterforms ran out. The prints were designed with the metal and wood type available to me in the museum as well as a few custom made wooden type lino-cuts I made for the project.  Full documentation of the project can be found at: https://issuu.com/abernatzky/docs/ananchronism

The project consisted of a series of prints that resulted from repeating the letterpress process until the ink on the letterforms ran out. The prints were designed with the metal and wood type available to me in the museum as well as a few custom made wooden type lino-cuts I made for the project.

Full documentation of the project can be found at: https://issuu.com/abernatzky/docs/ananchronism

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