Guided Tours

Preview of History Machines by Donovan & Siegel

Date: 28 July 2016

Time: 7-8.30pm

Price: Free

Edinburgh Printmakers welcomes all to join us in celebrating the launch of our new exhibition by Matt Donovan & Hallie Siegel.

Matt Donovan and Hallie Siegel, known collectively as Donovan & Siegel, are an artistic duo hailing from Toronto, Canada. Their work often interrogates the notion of language – the different forms it has taken, and the way in which it has developed throughout the course of human civilization.

In History Machines, Donovan & Siegel explore the status of printed text in the contemporary world, examining the issues that arise when printed words are translated into digital domains. In the print Alias, for example, they showcase the impossibility of accurately rendering a curve on a pixellated screen. They accomplish this by magnifying the edge of seemingly curved digital letters, revealing each letter’s jagged, pixellated border. In so doing, History Machines makes explicit many of the truths underlying our everyday encounters with digital text – truths that might ordinarily be overlooked.

The exhibition also features a variety of pieces that merge sculpture, graphic design, poetry and storytelling. Haikube, for example, stands as a kind of ‘poetry-generation machine’. Modelled on a Rubik’s Cube, Haikube is carved with Haiku-inspired syllabic fragments, such that every twist of the cube generates a new three-line poem. Another piece, Self-Printing Book, is a weighty tome rendered impressively in brass. Each left-hand page is a printing mould for the text of its right-hand counterpart, so the book almost appears to print itself as the pages are turned. In works such as these, Donovan & Siegel examine how texts can be reinvented during the act of reading, and how reading often demands a degree of creative input.

Come along, see some thought-provoking art, and explore these fascinating issues!

Part of exhibition 'History Machines by Donovan & Siegel'

This exhibition is part of Edinburgh Art Festival, Ediburgh Fringe and the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2015, the Canada Council invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.?Nous remercions le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario et le Conseil des arts du Canada de ses soutiens. En 2015, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour metre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.