Constructing Place: When artists and archaeologists meet by John Schofield
About : Art and archaeological practice are closer than some might think. Some artists work with archaeological material, and will interpret archaeological sites through a diversity of approaches and media – musical composition, performance, photography and video installations for example. For some archaeologists, landscape art and sculpture is (or quickly becomes) archaeological. Even the processes overlap: archaeological fieldwork can be considered performance art; while the very creation of artistic works reflects that of archaeological records, of material cultures – ‘incavation’, as well as excavation. In this book, these areas of overlap are assessed specifically in the context of artists and archaeologists working with and from places of recent conflict, places which are now widely accepted as part of the cultural heritage, and as archaeological sites and landscapes.
Published October 2006
John Schofield – Following a PhD in prehistoric archaeology, John Schofield has turned his archaeological lens on the ‘contemporary past’, the world we ourselves have helped shape and form in our everyday lives. Much of this work has concerned military archaeology – from individual bunkers to vast militarised landscapes. But more recently these interests have extended to the wider social and political landscapes. In undertaking this work John has developed a particular interest in the close proximity of archaeological and artistic practices, and in anthropology and cultural geography. Numerous of his projects – in Nevada, Malta and Berlin – include elements of all of these. John has worked for English Heritage since 1989. He is also a visiting lecturer in archaeology at the University of Southampton, and a visiting fellow at the University of Bristol.