We have the pleasure to announce the final selection of THE MATERIALITY OF THE INVISIBLE, 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: Leyla Cardenas, Joey Bryniarska and Martin Westwood, Klaas van Gorkum and Iratxe Jaio, Matthew Wilson and Rossella Biscotti.
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 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 photograph, a house, a fragment, a day in my 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 is planned to unveil the outcome of this process to an international audience.
Archaeology and cultural heritage management have undergone significant scientific and professional developments over the last 25 years.
Conducted by the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap), the NEARCH project, funded by the European Commission for 5 years (2013-2018) in the framework of the Culture programme, is a European-wide cooperation network of 14 partners from 10 countries willing to explore these changes and their consequences. More specifically, NEARCH aims to study the different dimensions of public participation in archaeology today and to propose new ways of working and cooperating in a profession strongly concerned by the current economic crisis.
To fulfil that purpose, activities and research are implemented within five main themes: Archaeology for the community: informing and involving people, Archaeology and the imaginary: crossroads between science and art, Archaeology and the knowledge: teaching and sharing information, Archaeology in a changing economy: towards sustainability, European archaeology and the world: dependencies and mutual development.
NEARCH partners include:
- French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (France – Project leader)
- Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
- Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – Instituto de Ciencias del Patrimonio (Spain)
- Instituto per i beni artistici culturali e naturali dell’Emilia Romagna (Italy)
- Culture Lab (Belgium)
- Faculteit der Archeologie, Universiteit Leiden (Netherlands)
- Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu (Poland)
- Archaeology Data Service (United Kingdom)
- Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (Germany)
- Jan van Eyck Academie (Netherlands)
- Centquatre (France)
- University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
- University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
- Archaeology department of Saint-Denis (France)