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RCA Collaborate With Parsons The New School for Design to Consider the Fate of Ink On Paper

4 November 2009: What is the fate of print in a digital age? The RCA take on this challenging question with Control Print, a collaborative exhibition with Parsons The New School for Design in New York.

Control Print features works by a number of notable international artists and designers who play with the notion of digital technology. In this first American presentation, prominent members of the Parsons community create work in traditional, digital, and mixed media that extend the idea of ink on paper and showcase how technology can enter the representational process.

First conceived by the RCA as a research project investigating the possibilities of a customized future for digital art and design, Control Print also features the results of these experiments in a series of limited edition book spreads, large-scale artwork, and digital projections and renderings.

“The Control Print research project was an effort to elevate the digital press, and consider its place in the future of the printed page,” said Russell Warren-Fisher, co-organizer, designer, and lecturer in Communication Art and Design at RCA. “Partnering with Parsons has allowed us to keep this investigation alive through a reflective, cross-cultural dialogue.”

Among the featured artists are co-organizers Lucille Tenazas, Henry Wolf, Professor of Communication Design at Parsons; Russell Warren-Fisher, designer and lecturer in Communication Art and Design at the RCA, and Dan Fern, Head of the School of Communications at the RCA. The RCA commissioned artists are Chris Bigg of V23; Leah Harrison Bailey and Sara Carneholm (Happily Ever After); Malcom Clarke, and Mark Wilson. Parsons-commissioned artists include Danny Durtsche, Zachary Lieberman with James Powderly, Theo Watson with Tony Quan (TEMPT); Spylab (Benjamin Bacon, Glendon Jones, Kyle Li, and Sven Travis). Participating remotely are designers Reza Abedini (Iran), Bruno Monguzzi (Italy/Switzerland), Leonardo Sonnoli (Italy) and Catherine Zask (France) who will contribute to the exhibition by sending poster design files for output on a large format printer as a performative exhibition piece.

The Control Print Lab will feature three independent one-day projects and three 24-hour workshops, where the public can view teams of students and faculty creating work that actively explores the boundaries between traditional and digital technologies for printing.

The opening events will also include a symposium on 7 November featuring the participating artists, as well as leaders from the worlds of art an design, including Parsons Assistant Professor Susan Yelavich and MoMA curator Paola Antonelli.

“This show is just the beginning of a long-term partnership between two world-class universities to explore urgent issues relating to all aspects of contemporary culture,” said Fern, who also chairs the RCA's International Development Group.

Control Print: 7 November to 14 December
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, New York, USA
Open daily 12pm - 6pm and Thursday evenings until 8pm
Free Admission

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