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Reading vs. Scanning: Notes on Re:Print


Published in 2018, ‘Re:Print’ is an experimental artists’ book, edited by Véronique Chance and Duncan Ganley, that brings together images and text by 20 contributors whose work addresses the role and language of the reproducible image. This article by Duncan Ganley discusses the challenges of translating artworks and text originally presented in the context of an exhibition and symposium, into a work of print an artists’ book. The range of contributors emphasizes the diverse scope of forms, processes and ideas in the expanded field of Printmaking. Addressing a variety of approaches to integrating and repurposing this visual and textual material for the printed page, the article outlines the theoretical underpinning of the creation of ‘Re:Print’ and the editorial and design decisions taken to create a hybridized form that is both document and artwork and aims to draw out new agencies of the ‘book’ in a digital world.

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  1. Although Re:Print exists as both a physical book and e-book, it remains a fixed entity, unlike other forms of online publication that continuously evolve via ongoing comment.

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This article is based on a lecture delivered jointly by Véronique Chance and Duncan Ganley, the editors of Re:Print, firstly as part the Fine Art Research Unit (FARU) lecture series at Anglia Ruskin University / Cambridge School of Art in February 2019 and again as part of the symposium ‘Rethinking Repetition in a Digital Age’ at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH), University of Cambridge, in June 2019. Thank you to Véronique for allowing me to (re)purpose her words for parts of this article.


Re:Print was funded by Anglia Ruskin University and Arts Council England.

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Ganley, D. Reading vs. Scanning: Notes on Re:Print. AI & Soc (2021).

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  • Art
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Artists’ books
  • Reprinting
  • Reproduction
  • Digital book
  • Documenting exhibitions
  • Re-mediation
  • Intermediality