ENSAV La Cambre Brussels - The Department of Subjective Archaeology - The Printmaking Union

The Department of Subjective Archaeology is a hypothetical division of the Printmaking Union, a collaborative platform of research, exchange and diffusion linking art institutions, students and schools, active in the fields of contemporary fine art printmaking.

“You’ve got to dig it to dig it, you dig?” (Thelonious Monk)

It is time to compose !

"It is time to compose; in all the meaning of the word, including to compose with, that is compromise, to care, to move slowly, with caution and precaution.
That's quite a new set of skills to learn: imagine that, innovating as never before but with precaution ! " Bruno Latour, Compositionist Manifesto, 2010

It is then with precaution that we take in charge the present time so that, when the day comes, looking back, we might be able to contemplate there, upright, what we’ll have achieved.
Let the show come up to expectations so that we might all appraise the road travelled, without being startled by what came to us.
No future?
Today, however, if we consider that what is at stake is what the past will be, and so the future, it might be time to apply ourselves to write.
Let's not wait any longer for a messiah. Let’s dig instead. We’ve got to dig it !

The Printmaking Union is an international research initiative that creates knowledge and dialogue. It is established at the European Higher Education level. The approach to teaching can be experienced in relation to the pedagogy of the art schools. Research interests are both broadly and specifically defined through the diversity of staff and student interest.

Current Members

Printmaking – La Cambre, Brussels

MA Fine Arts – Central Saint Martins, London

Printmaking – Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp

Printmaking – Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig

R & D – Royal Academy of Art, The Hague

Informal Collaborations

MA Printmaking – Royal College of Arts, London

Current Partners

Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée - La Louvière, Belgium

PrintRoom - Rotterdam, Belgium

The Printmaking Union will continue to develop exchanges of students and mentors, workshops and courses, a shared web platform, conferences, publications, exhibitions and events. It will focus on the triple problematics of design, production and distribution. The culmination of this phase of work will be presented in a major exhibition at Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée - La Louvière, from February to May 2018, then formed as a travelling exhibition.