Kon’nichiwa! Watashi wa Kokogaku-sha des. Sake wa doko des ka?
[Hello! I am an archaeologist. Where is the beer?]
Greetings from the 8th World Archaeology Congress, currently underway in beautiful Kyoto, Japan. I’m going to give a short presentation introducing the Off The Record research project this coming Friday – perhaps if you’re at WAC you might care to come listen? Or if you have friends or colleagues at WAC who might be interested, you could be so kind as to point them in my direction? Sadly 15 minutes is barely enough to scratch the surface of the topic, but hopefully this will help wet folks appetites for more discourse about archaeology in the media!
“Shooting Archaeologists. Off the Record: Archaeology and Documentary Filmmaking”
Who calls the shots in archaeology documentaries – and why? This paper investigates archaeology’s relationship with UK documentary filmmaking. Uniquely however, this relationship is considered from the angle of film production as seen from an archaeological perspective. The first stage of results from the ‘Off the Record: Archaeology and Documentary Filmmaking’ PhD research project will be presented, including up-to-date findings from a survey of UK archaeologists working in the documentary sector, reflecting on their experiences, values, concerns and hopes for the genre. This new evidence allows us to better determine archaeology’s place within the media, and documentary’s place within archaeology.
Are you an archaeologist? Are you an artist? Are you a bit of both? TAG 2016 Needs You! I am absolutely delighted to share a very special call for contributors to this December’s UK Theoretical Archaeology Group conference. Instead of papers we want your paintings. And your pastels. Your pencils and papers and printed works. Your pottery. Your pixels especially. Perhaps even your performance art.
I’m very excited and honored to be collaborating with fellow PhD students and archaeologists Joana Valdez-Tullett, Helen Chittock, Grant Cox and Eleonora Gandolfi to bring to the UK archaeology community the inaugural Sightations gallery – an art/digital/film showcase running as part of this year’s TAG. In keeping with this year’s overall conference theme of ‘visualisation’, this gallery seeks to unpack what it means to represent archaeology visually in 2016. By juxtaposing traditional art forms (such as drawings, photography, painting, sculpture, textiles, ceramic, and more) with digital approaches to representation (digital media, CGI, film, video, gaming, virtual reality, cross- or multi-platform works), Sightations takes aim at archaeological visual conventions and strives to reveal new links between different disciplines, industries and sectors of archaeology, drawing connections between ideas with an eye towards future directions for archaeological visualizations.
We’re also planning to run a more traditional conference session or two tied in with the exhibition, so if you’re interested in presenting your ideas formally, as well as exhibiting your work, please stay tuned!