Creative Archaeologies II
– continuing theory and practice in a new branch within the field of Archaeology
Anita Synnestvedt (University of Gothenburg) & Annie Danis (University of California, Berkeley)
Heritage thinker Freeman Tilden (1957) claims that the chief aim of interpretation is not instruction, but provocation. Archaeologists in recent years have explored the potential for artistic practice to contribute to this kind of interpretation of the past. Last year organizers of the session “Creative Archaeologies” asked whether instead of continuing to reify the distinction between art and archaeology, we should rather be thinking in terms of new forms of creative practice. This session continues that exploration to create ground for a new kind of branch/network within archaeology; one called Creative Archaeologies.
This workshop combines conventional lecture presentation, with film, video, installation, and performance to probe the depths of current creative practice in archaeology. These projects blur the boundaries between Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Natural Science and produce innovative archaeologies and unconventional outcomes.
To define the approach participants consider existing projects, proposed creative acts, and reflections on creative practice’s impact on both archaeological and artistic thinking. What is creative archaeology? What are the implications of such a practice for the discipline? Creative archaeologies utilize new tools, frameworks, and venues to expand the impact of archaeological practice and reflect on its position within contemporary society. Moving beyond uni-directional collaboration in which an artist interprets archaeological work and an archeologist reflects on the artist’s interpretation, this session invites projects in which creative practice intervenes at many stages and from many directions.