Video / Print presents video with print and sculpture: a videotape is shown accompanied by a print enclosed by an incised wooden frame designed by the artist. The print combines various techniques–handcarved woodblock, videocapture, photolithography. This work is innovative in its mix of ancient and recent technology. The video was edited digitally by Restrepo, who also composed the original soundtrack. Also digitally created was the central image in the print, taken by videocapture from the tape and altered by the artist by means of a computer program.
Conceptually, this work by Jose Alejandro Restrepo, a video installation-and-print artist from Bogota, ponders the technological/ historical/political affinities between woodblock and video. In doing so, it examines the ways in which methods of transmission of knowledge have formed and affected relationships between the Old World and the New World, specifically Latin America and Europe. It is also a deeply personal and lyrical meditation upon his homeland, Colombia.
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