Ever since its creation in 2004, the dx5 digital & graphic art_research group has specialised in contemporary expanded field graphics. During the first years, and under the perhaps very generic title of “Applications of new technologies to engraving and printing for artistic purposes”, but driven by the multidisciplinary idea of today’s graphic artwork, our research focused on the search for and the contribution of novel instruments and strategies in this field. This was done by adapting and optimising contemporary industrial machinery systems and processes (such as photopolymers, lasers, milling machines or plotters) that enable definition of new environments, resolution of inconsistencies inherited from previous practices, and delving into what multiple artwork means in this third millennium.
The incorporation of new pre- and post-doctorate researchers and teaching cum research staff in recent years has given rise to more research lines and projects, as well as ventures into new fields within the contemporary graphics universe. They cover different topics such as complexity and sustainability in contemporary art and design, redefinition and evolution of the artist’s book as a medium, support and creative idea within an increasingly digital environment, or the intertwining of comic and animation with other artistic manifestations of our time.
We are interested in what is happening at the knowledge frontier. The expanded field of the different disciplines that open new routes to reach new territories.
During the past fifteen years, a triple approach —theoretical-conceptual, artistic-practical and scientific-technical— has
articulated and defined all our projects and research lines around contemporary graphics.
Art in the expanded field. Contemporary multiple art.
• Conceptual and philosophical reflection of multiple art in the 21st century. Complexity and sustainability.
• Multiple art consumption sociology. Art, business and communication.
• The concept of series and new technologies.
• The intangible matrix. The concept of authorship in the 21st century. Networks.
• Macrocosm and microcosm. Relational systems.
• Strategies and approaches for conscious design.
• Expanded field paintwork. Transformations, openings and ruptures in 21st century painting practice.
• Identity building: gender, clichés and archetypes.
• Application of new industrial technologies to contemporary art.
• Design, development and modification of software and hardware for artistic purposes.
• Sustainable systems applied to contemporary art.
• Non-toxic printing systems: Piezoelectric printing technology and injected print. Laser technology applied to contemporary art graphics. From carbon printing to light engraving, Electricity and image generation.
• Interactive graphics for a new digital print. Augmented reality.
• Interactions between painting, digital technology and new media.
• Contemporary graphics: theory and practice of digital graphics, input-output.
• The immaterial print. The relationship between the visible and the invisible.
• Series: serial production and printing. Repetition and transformation. Transgressing practical and formal publishing issues. The expanded edition.
• Books: the artist’s book as an art project for thought transmission.
• Hyperbook. The mutant page. The sensitive page. Stories and rhizomatic images.
• Comics: interdisciplinary comic studies. (ICS)
• Design: production of works and research at the frontier. Modernity and its margins: interrelationships between art, design and fashion.
• Interdisciplinary studies through textiles.
• Conscious design for the 21st century. Interventions in graphic and editorial design.
• Installation: the multiple that occupies space.
• Painting: breaks in painting category support conventions.
• Exhibition spaces and models: rise of curatorial discourse and its influence on 21st century artistic languages.
• Identity: non-regulatory identities.