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Different expressions of the same mode: a recent dialogue between archaeological and contemporary drawing practices

Different expressions of the same mode: a recent dialogue between archaeological and contemporary drawing practices
Different expressions of the same mode: a recent dialogue between archaeological and contemporary drawing practices

In this article, we explore what we perceive as pertinent features of shared experience at the excavations of an Iron Age Hillfort at Bodfari, North Wales, referencing artist, archaeologist and examples of seminal art works and archaeological records resulting through interdisciplinary collaboration. We explore ways along which archaeological and artistic practices of improvisation become entangled and productive through their different modes of mark-making. We contend that marks and memories of artist and archaeologist alike emerge interactively, through the mutually constituting effects of the object of study, the tools of exploration and the practitioners themselves, when they are enmeshed in cross-modally bound activities. These include, but are not limited to, remote sensing, surveying, mattocking, trowelling, drawing, photographing, videoing and sound recording. These marks represent the co-signatories: the gesture of the often anonymous practitioners, the voice of the deposits, as well as the imprint of the tools, and their interplay creates a multi-threaded narrative documenting their modes of intra-action, in short, our practices. They occupy the conceptual space of paradata, and in the process of saturating the interstices of digital cognitive prosthetics they lend probity to their translations in both art form and archive.

Archaeology, contemporary drawing, craftwork, embodied practice, paradata, phygital
1470-2029
100-120
Gant, Stefan
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Reilly, Paul
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Gant, Stefan
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Reilly, Paul
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Gant, Stefan and Reilly, Paul (2018) Different expressions of the same mode: a recent dialogue between archaeological and contemporary drawing practices. Journal of Visual Arts Practice, 17 (1), 100-120. (doi:10.1080/14702029.2017.1384974).

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Abstract

In this article, we explore what we perceive as pertinent features of shared experience at the excavations of an Iron Age Hillfort at Bodfari, North Wales, referencing artist, archaeologist and examples of seminal art works and archaeological records resulting through interdisciplinary collaboration. We explore ways along which archaeological and artistic practices of improvisation become entangled and productive through their different modes of mark-making. We contend that marks and memories of artist and archaeologist alike emerge interactively, through the mutually constituting effects of the object of study, the tools of exploration and the practitioners themselves, when they are enmeshed in cross-modally bound activities. These include, but are not limited to, remote sensing, surveying, mattocking, trowelling, drawing, photographing, videoing and sound recording. These marks represent the co-signatories: the gesture of the often anonymous practitioners, the voice of the deposits, as well as the imprint of the tools, and their interplay creates a multi-threaded narrative documenting their modes of intra-action, in short, our practices. They occupy the conceptual space of paradata, and in the process of saturating the interstices of digital cognitive prosthetics they lend probity to their translations in both art form and archive.

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Accepted/In Press date: 7 September 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 13 October 2017
Published date: 2 January 2018
Keywords: Archaeology, contemporary drawing, craftwork, embodied practice, paradata, phygital

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Local EPrints ID: 418952
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/418952
ISSN: 1470-2029
PURE UUID: 959203d7-d9f7-4e7f-bacb-b932f0721f17
ORCID for Paul Reilly: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8067-8991

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Date deposited: 27 Mar 2018 16:30
Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 01:23

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