Terminator was the first live project of the newly re-launced Camberwell Press. Working in partnership with Camberwell Space and curator Juan Bolivar, the former Press designers, Ross Bennett, Oliver Chapman and Louis Carter, produced a lo-fi risograph publication with a fold out cover and poster. The design rationale for the publication attempted to echo some of Bolivar's concerns; notions of contemporary collaboration, the relationships that practitioners have with technology and materials, as well as the incessant march of technology and the heightened possibility of a cybernetic future.
"Desire is irrelevant I am a machine" - quote from Terminator 3: Rise of Machines.
The 'Terminator' is a fictional cyborg first portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1984 movie by the same name, and it is this term Bolivar uses as a metaphor for this exhibition to describe the conditions surrounding contemporary art production. Like this cyborg, artists no longer seek to honour the natural world; instead their aim is to develop argumental strategies in a world transformed by technology. As the organic skin of oil on canvas is gradually supplanted by new materials; aluminium, vinyl, polymers and glass, notions like 'being true to nature' or 'looking to nature' for inspiration appear old fashioned. Although the sublime and its associations with landscape still permeate contemporary painting, literature and cinema, the post-modern cybernetic artist of today is nature itself.
Bolivar and the other artists involved have produced pieces of work in relation to this idea. Being artists in the 21st Century, we involve a lot of machinery in our day to day tasks but also, as creatives, in our art work - at what point does that art become machine made, and lose it’s hu-man-urfacturedness?
Hand finishing in the reprographics department at London College of Communication.
The strategy towards the design of the publication reverted back to a more tactile and human based production method. Using basic programing to set the type with rich text formatting, and having a generic image size to print, we then took the elements and along with, scalpels, scissors, glue and lightboxes, went to work of laying up in the most honest, human, and instantaneous way we could.
In-house print managing using our Risograph allowed us another opportunity to play a human part in the process. Printing anomalies were embraced, acted upon and welcomed into every aspect and page of the printing process. The publication has a ‘glitch-core’ sensibility, celebrating the fallability of reproductive technology and the impossibility of endless human reproduction.
Terminator took place in the Camberwell Space from 27 September to 26 November 2010.
Among Other Things
Somnium & Solaris
Thursday 26th September, 6 - 9pm
The Cube gallery, E1 6BJ
Camberwell Illustration alumni and Director of Jiggling Atoms, Natalie Kay-Thatcher is about to embark on a three month astronomy and science fiction illustration residency at The Cube, London. To celebrate the beginning of the residency and the events and workshops that will be taking place in the duration, your are invited to attend the opening event at the gallery. Where new work by Natalie can be viewed and visitors can sign up to upcoming events, and find out more about the theoretical books behind the project.
Edgar-Walker Private View
6th September 6 - 9pm
Chelsea College of Art and Design
Our Creative Director, James Edgar, is graduating from the MA Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Art and Design as part of the edgar-walker collaborative. You are welcome to attend the private view to see what he's been up to over the past two years. There is also an artist publication on display in the edgar-walker space, published by Camberwell Press. The MA show runs from Saturday 7th - Thursday 12th September. Find out more here.
Fresh Prints: Camberwell Press has been invited to display a range of recently produced publications at the Fresh Prints exhibition – Showroom, University of the Arts London. Please join us at the Private View on Wednesday the 1st of May to discuss and see what we have been working on.
Let's Get Quizzical – Round 2: Following the success of the first, we are inviting you to join us and take part in the second instalment of the Camberwell Press pub quiz, with categories such as: Typography, Animation, Illustration, Film and more to question your creative mental knowledge.
18 February 6pm - 9pm
Camberwell College of Arts
Book launch for I used to be a design student, created by Brighten the Corners, Frank Philipin and Billy Kiosoglou. The launch takes place at Camberwell College of Arts where the inspiration began after a workshop led by Brighten the Corners for the BA Graphic Design students, which looked at the relationship between their student work and their development into professional practice. Find out more about the book and event here.
13 December 2012 09.00 - 18.00
LBi Event Space
To find out more on the event visit the Alt/Shift website and join the discussion online.
4 October - 20 October 2012
Mokita 2: illustration Symposium
16 October 2012 10.00 - 17.00
Le Fil The Filosophy of Making
25 - 28 September 2012
Le Fil presents his debut solo show 'Pop Sculpture: The Filosophy of Making', which will bring the spectacle of pop music into the art gallery context. Camberwell Space will be transformed into a multi-disciplinary platform ready for a pop sculptural reinvention. 'Pop Sculpture' features new songs, ceramics and sculptures created by Le Fil during his art residency at Vanguard Court Studios in Peckham.
Writing on the Wall
14 March 2012
CCW Wilson Road
Into the Fold
24 February - 13 March 2012
Camberwell Press seeks to create and ideal and interactive studio within a public space for two and half weeks. The exhibition will culminate in a publication formed from material generated with collaborators via a series of talks, workshops, design & publishing projects.
Among Other Things
10 January - 10 Feburary 2012
Among Other Things brings together objects, video, sound and installation by four artists who question what it means to produce work through relational encounters with and between people.
onedotzero_adventures in motion
23 - 27 November 2011
2011 sees onedotzero celebrate 15 years of championing the progression of global digital culture and innovation in motion. Programmed in partnership with regular host venue BFI Southbank, this special anniversary will present short films and animation, music videos, interactivity, digital art and everything in between.