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No Paper? No Problem

From NPR:

Philadelphia has a long history when it comes to printing. There were Ben Franklin’s press, the first U.S. currency, the first copy of the Declaration of Independence, pamphlets, books, magazines. Many of the documents that shaped American history had their start on a printing press in Philadelphia.

So, with history as a backdrop, the city is abuzz with exhibitions, collective public works and visual happenings, organized in a gigantic print festival called Philagrafika. More than 300 artists at 80 venues are participating in this citywide celebration of the impact of printmaking concepts and methods on contemporary art.

The variety of printmaking techniques is broader than you might think. When Oscar Munoz works on a print, he uses trays of water and floats graphite powder on the surface. Regina Silveira cuts plastic into the shapes of enormous insects. Gunilla Klingberg turns corporate logos into huge mandalas. And Carl Pope creates billboards for communities.

So, with all of these variations, when is a print a print?

Read on to find out more, and listen to the story…

Courtesy Tromorama/Greenhouse Media
Tromorama's Serigala Militia — a stop motion animation music video — is rendered entirely from woodcuts. More than 400 of the woodcuts are on display at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

 Watch the video of the above art piece:

Narcissi in process is a series of self-portraits by Colombian artist Oscar Munoz in which he explores "the graphic and poetic possibilities of water."


Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.