Pure Print

Artist in Residence

1 February to 31 March 2015

Diogo TudelaCity of Man / City of God

…it is recorded of Cain that he built a city, 
but Abel, being a sojourner, built none…
Saint Augustine, The City of God
The proposed residency intends to make use of the technical
advances achieved over a long-term investigation and development
process regarding the possible dialogues between  computer and press.
With that underlying motivation in mind, the project dwells within
the christian theological conceptions of place and infinity, as an
opposition between the sacred and the profane.
Printmaking has a long-standing tradition in the rendering
of architectural deliriums. From Piranesi’s dungeons to Boullée’s
mausoleums, there’s a whole historical spectrum of oneiric or just
plain impossible buildings depicted through printmaking. As such,
the construction and representation of complex architectural models
designed through cyclic and recursive algorithms finds a coherent
echo in this particular media. Thus, computer programming finds its
way into printmaking not just as a mere technical adventure, but as
a way of imposing a sense of infinity into finite objects.
Through this blend of computation and traditional craftsmanship,
the digital perks of generative construction and tridimensional modeling
are somehow legitimized by an analogical imposition, a physical
causality that offers an unutterable spatial depth to an otherwise
rather virtual and savorless set of imagery.