Is printed matter still relevant in the 21st century? How can we connect the analogue object and the digital design process? These were the questions posed – and resolutely answered – in a duet of new exhibitions at Belgian experimental art and architecture museum Z33.
In ‘Ways of Folding’, graphic designer Geoffrey Brusatto reimagines the traditional printed book, developing new folding schemes to reshape structures and page combinations. Brusatto invited fellow Belgian artists and graphic designers to use his folding schemes as a catalyst for their own creations, which also feature.
Meanwhile, curator Freek Lomme tackles the sense of touch in the print medium (and the lack thereof in digital), in the second of exhibitions. ‘Can you feel it? Tactility and/in print’ is the culmination of a residency undertaken by six artists in the print workshop of the Frans Masereel Centrum. Encompassing existing works from the artists, the show celebrates tactility in an increasingly digital world.
Both exhibitions aim to chart the fluidity of these artists’ practices, the transfer of information and their use of material. ‘These exhibitions question the new relations that we can develop with printed matter and put the body and sensorial aspects central,’ explains Z33 artistic director Jan Boelen. ‘This is omnipresent in each of the 12 new works commissioned for these two shows.’
They say there are two sides to every story, but these exhibits reveal even more layers to the analogue/digital conundrum. One cannot exist without the other, and that’s just how we like it.