Sharing the field: Art in the Landscape and Landscape Archaeology

7 October 2013

CHALK: Wolstonbury Hill, West Sussex, 2011. Performer Atsushi Takenouchi. Photo Paul Winter

A conference on Art in the Landscape and Landscape Archaeology will be held at the Institute on 30 November 2013 for which a call for papers is announced with a deadline of 25 October 2013.

This one-day conference will bring together artists and archaeologists, with an open invitation to those from related disciplines, to consider the inter-relationships between site-specific art in the landscape and landscape archaeology.

The conference will explore the value of artistic approaches to the interpretation of archaeological landscapes - from the deep past to the contemporary past  - and conversely how the practice and results of landscape archaeology inform artistic approaches to urban, rural and industrial landscapes.

Proposals are invited on contemporary landscape art and archaeology relating to recent or current projects. The conference organsiers are particularly interested in papers from the arts which relate to site-specific installations and/or performance in the landscape and those which can consider new sets of opportunities for artists and archaeologists to collaborate on landscape interpretation. Also of interest are papers which consider the public engagement value of outdoor events including participation in sensory explorations of landscape.

Traditional and creative modes of presentation are welcomed. Guiding topics to consider but not restricted to include:

  • Landscape and archaeological / artistic imagination.
  • Disciplinary freedom and boundaries.
  • Challenges to artistic approaches.
  • The power of image or experience.
  • Art, archaeology & destabilising the familiar.
  • The creation & funding of collaborations.
  • Artists, archaeologists and public engagement.

Please send paper proposals (up to 250 words) to Hilary Orange and Red Earth by 25th October 2013.

This conference is brought to you by the APERTURE - a cultural engagement collaboration between UCL Institute of Archaeology & RED EARTH, an international arts organisation specialising in creating site-specific work (installations & performances) within, and in response to, prehistoric landscapes.

The APERTURE project, funded by UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities, is scoping out the potential of cross-disciplinary collaborations and the development of public-facing cultural events linked to a number of current landscape based research projects at UCL. For further information contact Hilary Orange (Research Associate).