"Archaeology and contemporary art : at the crossroads of science and art" is one of the themes developed in the NEARCH project. (See theme Imagining)
As part of this theme, calls for proposals were published in spring 2014 by the Paris CENTQUATRE- and Jan van Eyck Academie; nearly 500 applications were received and carefully considered by the selection committee composed of the different partners involved in the implementation of these future residencies.
We have the pleasure to announce the final selection of THE MATERIALITY OF THE INVISIBLE for the residency at the Jan Van Eyck Academie, the fellowship instigated within the framework of NEARCH, the prestigious European project-based network of archaeological institutes and university departments.
The following artists and art collectives have been selected out of some 300 applicants:
Joey Bryniarska and Martin Westwood,
Klaas van Gorkum and Iratxe Jaio,
Matthew Wilson and
They will collaborate with the following archaeological partners in NEARCH:
Leyla Cardenas will collaborate with UOFX (Oxford, UK) and ADS (York, UK).
Joey Bryniarska and Martin Westwood will collaborate with INRAP (Paris, France), the Archaeology department of Saint-Denis (France) and the University of Gothenburg (Gothenborg, Sweden).
Klaas van Gorkum and Iratxe Jaio will collaborate with Incipit (Santiago de Compostela, Spain).
Matthew Wilson will collaborate with Leiden University (Leiden, the Netherlands) and the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (Berlin, Germany).
Rossella Biscotti will collaborate with the Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland).
The starting point for these fellowships is the idea that all that is visible expresses what is invisible – be it a photography, a house, a fragment, a day of life, an artwork, a car in the street. And, similarly, all that is material stresses its immateriality - be it a ruin, a beam of light, a polished surface, a movie, a church.
THE MATERIALITY OF THE INVISIBLE offers a hitherto unknown opportunity to research in practice the interaction between artists and archaeologists, to work together in close confines, to profoundly exchange information and to thoroughly questioning both professions in an age of change and fluctuating cultural attitudes.
In 2017 an exhibition and symposium are planned to unveil the outcome of this process to an international audience.