JUST WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES TODAY'S HOMES SO DIFFERENT?

© R. Hamilton. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2018.

JUST WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES TODAY'S HOMES SO DIFFERENT? 1993

Richard Hamilton (1922 – 2011)

Details

Dimension
16.7 X 26.7 CM
Media
COLOUR LASER PRINT
Accession number
P6179

Summary

A limited edition of 5000 signed and numbered prints produced for the BBC programme QED shown on 21st April 1993.

Richard Hamilton’s famous fifties collage Just what it is that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?was made with normal collage techniques by cutting and pasting parts of the pictures from magazines in one day. He began by making a list of topics to be presented in the image: man, woman, humanity, domestic appliance, food, cars, cinema, TV, telephone, comics, tape recorder, history and space.

The QED print updates the images for the nineties following the same list but using new computer technologies to scan picture elements electronically from a range of sources such as magazines, photographic prints, transparencies, and even a circuit board. Other details were ‘grabbed’ directly from video tape or shot with a Kodak DCS 200 digital camera and transferred into a computer. A variety of proprietary software prepared the material for transfer into a Quantel Paintbox to be masked, cut out, resized, put into perspective and pasted into the image. The process, which included learning to use the new technology, too many weeks.

Collage elements ‘acquired’ electronically by an Apple Macintosh computer from an Agfa flatbed scanner, a Kodak DCS 200 digital camera and video ‘grabbing’ programme. Assembly and image processing completed on a Quantel ‘Desk Top’ Paintbox. The image is printed directly from a Quarda 700 to a Canon CLC 500 colour printer using EFI’s ‘Cachet’ Software and a Fiery laser controller in contone mode on Mellotex paper.

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