Christiane Baumgartner

Woodcutting is the original and most basic technique of image reproduction. I thought it would be fascinating to combine this form with a much newer technique of reproduction by carving a video still into soft wood and then hand-printing the image-a process which can take up to ten months for an individual woodcut. 

Video footage of roads and military aircraft is used in order to create a contrast between the rapidity of the video images and the slowness of the technique-between high speed and almost a standstill. 

An interesting dichotomy develops between the video as digital imaging, and the woodcut as an analogue image of white and black lines: on-or-off signals. The subject material displays an interest in speed, traffic, and activity, and also in machinery: of the scientific legacy of human beings. But it also highlights a fascination with the voyeuristic nature of humans in times of catastrophe. However it is important that these images are of violence in general and become universal — these planes could be dropping bombs anywhere, this motorway could be anywhere.

These prints can be viewed at the Alan Cristea Gallery, Cork Street, London, W1, or online at


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