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The Imprint - unforeseeable and unaccountable

Roithmayr, F; (2017) The Imprint - unforeseeable and unaccountable. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This research project examines the imprint connecting mould and cast: the interstitial space hidden out of sight between materials, forms and shapes. The questions I’m asking are how this interstitial space comes into existence, what takes place and what is produced there? Mould and cast often appear as separate and distinct stages of form and counter-form within a sequence of events. This might be a consequence of postproduction symbolization, caused by attempts to fix the imprint through language, by singling out and arresting moments that are really part of flowing networks, or by an over-emphasis on resemblance and recognition. I will formulate an alternative approach drawing on C. S. Peirce’s triadic constellation of the sign, Alfred Gell’s discussion of intention within relations, and Alexander Cozen’s description of chance in blotting with ink: the ambition of this project is to research, generate and present the imprint as an occurrence in the interstice forming a third, miraculous and highly generative ground. This research is generated through a practice-led methodology, though studio-based investigations of moulding and casting processes in a variety of materials, and through field-studies in archeological excavation, conservation and pedagogy. Starting with Cennino Cennini, I test the possibilities and limits of the description of imprinting techniques from the perspective of artists, makers, observers and historians, set in relation to my own accounts of approaching and describing activities involving materials. As a contribution to the contemporary discussion of sculpture, this research aims to offer new ways of presenting the imprint occurring in the interstice between mould and cast as a result of formations and processes of transformation that cannot be named, but have instead the potential to accumulate and become sculpture.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: The Imprint - unforeseeable and unaccountable
Event: University College London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Keywords: moulding and casting, imprint, interstice, sculpture, C. S. Peirce, Alfred Gell, Alexander Cozen, contemporary art, description
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > The Slade School of Fine Art
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1568366
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