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TAG 2016 Southampton

Sightations exhibition

Sightations is an archaeology-inspired exhibition running as part of this year’s Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) conference.


In keeping with this year’s conference theme of ‘visualisation’, this exhibit seeks to unpack what it means to represent archaeology visually in 2016. Welcome mediums include drawings, photography, comics, painting, sculpture, textiles, ceramic, CGI, film, video, gaming, virtual reality, and digital works. By juxtaposing creative art forms with scientific approaches to representation Sightations takes aim at archaeological visual conventions and strives to reveal new links between different disciplines, creative industries and sectors of archaeology, drawing connections between ideas with an eye towards future directions for archaeological visualizations.

The aims for the Sightations galleries are to:

The Witham Bowl

Sightations is curated by archaeology PhD students Joana Valdez-Tullett, Helen Chittock, Kate Rogers, Eleonora Gandolfi, Emilia Mataix-Ferrandiz, and digital archaeologist Grant Cox.

Exhibition dates: 19th – 21st December 2016.

Sightations contributions:

SERF Hillforts: Designing Digital Engagements (Open Platform), Alice Watterson, University of Dundee

Removing barriers: providing virtual access and interpretation for maritime heritage (Virtual Reality of 3D models), Amanda Bowens, National Oceanography Centre/Chartered Institute for Archaeologists

Chart of Invisibility / Lighting Up the Ridgeway / Field Map (Map/ Fibre-optic illuminated panel/Painting), Amanda Wallwork

Filming Antiquity (Video), Amara Thornton, University College London

Danebury Environs: the game (Board Game), Andy Valdez-Tullett, Historic England

Beachley-Aust / Book Burial (Video), Angela Piccini, University of Bristol

Message From Mungo (Feature Length Film – 90 min), Anne McGrath, Australian National University, Australia

Exploring comics and illustration in rock art outreach (Comics/Drawings), Beatriz Comendador Rey, Universidade de Vigo, Spain

La Chapelle-aux-Saint 1 (Charcoal and oil paint on paper), Beth Linscott, University of Southampton

Saving Mes Aynak (Feature length film – 60 min), Brent Huffman, Northwestern University and Kartemquin Films, USA

Minoan Time / Site Lines (Photographs), Carlos Guarita, Falmouth Art School

The Alchymical Garden of Sir Thomas Browne / Marbhna (Mixed Materials), Carolyn Trant

Ceramic Practice as an Archaeology of the Contemporary Past: the George Brown Series and the Setomonogatari Series (Sculptures), Chris McHugh, Independent Artist and Researcher

#slowironbridge (Digital Film and Social Media Installation), Coralie Acheson, University of Birmingham

Knee Shadow in a Flintknapper’s Scatter / Handaxe in Glazed Porcelain (Canvas, acrylic paint, flint / Knapped Porcelain), Cory Stade and Christian Hoggard, University of Southampton

Plastic Earth (Sculpture), Eloise Govier, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Layered Histories: Historic Environment. Frameworks for the Ebbsfleet Valley (Poster/Drawing), Francis Wenban-Smith, University of Southampton

Tempietto / Alphabet II (Sculptures), Gary Breeze, Independent Artist

Artasmedia CGI Showcase, Grant Cox, Artasmedia/ University of Southampton

Dublin Scarf (Textile), Gwendoline Pepper, University of York

Autumn in Alta (Comics), Hannah Sackett, Bath SPA University

Site over Time (Digitally Printed Cotton & Wadding), Helen Marton, Falmouth University

ten (3D print aluminium and polyethylene), Ian Dawson, Winchester School of Arts

Lives of Roman Hampshire (Youtube Series), James Pride, University of Southampton

Fenland and Ouse Washes Story Quilt (Textile), Jane Frost

Etruscan Horse / Laconian Horse 1 Laconian Horse 2 (Sculptures), Jill Phillips, University of Southampton

The Reliquary (Photos/Sculpture), Jo Dacombe, University of Leicester

Owestry Heritage Comics (Comics), John Swogger, Freelance

Archaeological Contra-Museum: creating site (Video/Ceramics), José Marmol, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

The First Mound / Understanding Silbury Hill (Collage/Watercolour), Judith Dobie, Historic England

Dogu-mime (Performing Art), Ken Takahashi, Yokohama History Museum

ÇH3D (Virtual Reality), Laia Puiol, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

An imaginary tour of Orkney to Elsewhere, and Elsewhere from Orkney (Stereoscope of Mixed Materials), Lara Band, MOLA, CITiZAN; and David Webb, Independent Producer

Sculptor’s Cave (Video), Lindsey Buster, University of Bradford

Star-seal-woman tries to communicate with Teo-Piece Reclining Figure No. 3 (Video), Louisa Minkin, Central Saint Martin, UAL

Rockburn Details (Drawings), Marjolijn Kok, Bureau Archeologie en Toekomst, Netherlands

Grand designs in Ancient Greece (LEGO models), Matthew Fitzjohn and Peta Bulmer, University of Liverpool

Cottam Fields Forever / Memory and the Disused (Drawings/Maps), Miranda Creswell, University of Oxford

Time in an urban landscape: 8-10 Moorgate, in the city of London (Drawing), MOLA

Omeo (Digital Image), Nicolas Bigourdan and Kevin Edwards, Maritime Archaeology Association of Western Australia/ WA Museum/ Tempus Archaeology, Australia

A Record (Photograph), Paul Murtagh, Northlight Heritage and Ardnamurchan Transitions Project

(Im)material Old Minster (Winchester) (3D Print), Paul Reilly, University of Southampton

Operation Nightingale: Time Warriors & Operation Nightingale: Time Warriors – The Making Of (Video), Rachel Brown, Operation Nightingale and Salisbury Arts Centre

An Ode to Hiort (Video Game), Richard Allen, Palaeo-Pi

Stone Landscape (Framed Screen-print), Rose Ferraby, University of Exeter

The burial of the Archaeologist (Photographs), Rui Gomes Coelho, Binghamton University, USA

From Magma to the Stars (Photographs), Sara Navarro, CIEBA, Centro de Investigação e de Estudos em Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Yarmouth Roads: Hauntograph 1 / Yarmouth Roads: Hauntograph 2 (Digital Collage), Sara Rich, Appalachian State University/Maritime Archaeology Trust

Augmented Surface Study / Augmented Surface Study 2 (Video), Stefan Gant, University of Northampton/ DRN Drawing Research Network

Dropped: History in the Making (Video/Ceramics), Syann van Niftrik

Sightations sponsor

virtual umbrella
John Hansard gallery
Royal Anthropological Institute
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