Constructing Place: When Artists and Archaeologists Meet

Dr John Schofield
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This presentation will examine the cross-overs that can increasingly be seen between archaeological research and practice, and contemporary art: artistic installation and intervention becomes archaeological, if anything other than the most literal and conservative of definitions is used; archaeological practice is performance, and like much art, the process matters more than the result - the journey more than the destination; and finally art can be used to interpret historic places and events, in some cases more effectively than conventional heritage facilities, and archaeological evidence. Here I will use a range of examples to examine how artists are archaeologists, and vice versa.

Keywords: Contemporary Art, Contemporary Archaeology, Heritage, Conflict
Stream: Meaning and Representation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Intimate Engagements

Dr John Schofield

Head of Military Programmes, Characterization Team
Research and Standards, English Heritage


John's work with English Heritage is focused on recent military heritage, and the role of characterization in managing change in England's landscape; recognising that change and creation are inevitable and unavoidable processes, that the heritage sector must work with, and not against. Beyond his English Heritage responsibilities John has projects that include Cold War peace camps at Greenham Common and Nevada, a former Stasi prison compound in Berlin, and amonst the former bars and music halls of Valletta (Malta). Increasingly, John is working with contemporary artists, and has published articles and books on various aspects of contemporary archaeology.

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