The Visual Archive

Critical Thinking and Making — Fall  2021

WEEK 7 | Found Imagery

“I like to print on things that already have a past.” (Karel Martens) In other words: combining a visual response to your research inquiry with found imagery creates a dialog with the past (and the future?).


→ Asynchronous
Read, Watch, Write

Karel Martens:
1. His Monograph / some of his work
2. A video about his process
3. Karel Martens on paying attention to the things we don’t see It’s nice That

Other examples:
Occupied Mono
jekyll & hyde


→ Prepare
Experiment 4 — Found Imagery
Use a printing technology of your choice—ranging from potato to risograph—to print visuals and/or words on found printed matter.
     Watch this video introducing Karel Martens work & process.
→ (1) Think about found imagery that relates to your research topic. You can use things you find in the streets, the supermarket, receipts, pages of books, flyers, packaging (…).
→ (2) Develop simple visuals (shapes) or words/sentences that represent your research topic.
→ (3) “Print” them on top of the found imagery. Create at least 3 versions/combinations—a mini series.
→ (4) Take pictures of your work and upload them to google drive week 8.

Archive Prototype
Use this week’s peer feedback to update your archive prototype. Arrange your updated 5 visuals and captions on a letter size landscape document, export as PDF and upload to google drive folder week 8.


(1) Karel Martens, Untitled, 2018
Letterpress monoprint on found card, 127 x 200 mm, unique, (KM2018-05)
(2) Karel Martens, Untitled, 2018
Letterpress monoprint on found card, 127 x 200 mm, unique, (KM2018-04)
(https://wilfriedlentz.com)
Occupied Mono, Luke Robertson and Aaron Gillett. Concept & Process on typeolitic.com
jekyll & hyde,
greetings card with augmented reality

Comments are closed.