Last year I was privileged to collaborate with fellow PhD students and archaeologists Joana Valdez-Tullett, Helen Chittock, Grant Cox, Eleonora Gandolfi and Emilia Mataix Ferrándiz to run the inaugural Sightations exhibition: an art/digital/film showcase at the Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference 2016. The gallery’s aim was to unpack what it meant to represent archaeology visually in 2016, in keeping with the wider TAG conference theme. 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 aimed to reveal new links between different disciplines, industries and sectors of archaeology with an eye towards future directions for archaeological visualizations.
In tandem with the exhibition we also ran conference sessions within the gallery space – an opportunity for some of our contributors to be able to discuss their works in greater depth – and I’m delighted to say that some of these presentations can now be viewed on YouTube thanks to the hardworking team at Recording Archaeology. So, without further ado, I encourage you to check out the inspiring and though provoking work of the Sightations artists, archaeologists, media-makers and creatives: