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work-form and Studio Operative present Original Risographies, a new publication of explorations, printed on a Riso RP3700. Featuring contributions from An Endless Supply, Adrian Holme and Peter Nencini, with an introduction from Darryl Clifton.
These contributions respond to, and expand upon, the instructions and observations presented by Bruno Munari in his seminal book Original Xerographies. Original Risographies re - applies Munari’s visual notes on reproduction to a context familiar to many contemporary practitioners. It aims to explore every potential of the Risograph printer through a series of controlled and uncontrolled experiments. Each publication will itself be an original, documenting a series of print samples and tests. From colour registration to ink concentration, every factor of this reproduction printing method is explored. Munari considered each original Xerograph as a unique outcome, with photocopying inverted to become a process for producing new images. Original Risographies pays homage and takes forward this idea, considering the machine as a tool for making work and not just reproducing it.
Part manual, part investigation, Original Risographies will add to an ongoing discussion regarding image production and reproduction in the context of this particular machine. As this printing process becomes increasingly widely used especially in the creative industries, Original Risographies celebrates the machine as it is now and the potential it has to develop how we look at images.