fictive realism – Ray Harryhausen’s model making

There’s an exhibition of the stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen running at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – [Link]. I vividly remember first seeing his magical movies in the 60s and 70s. The infamous fighting skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts (1963); Pegasus the winged horse in Clash of the Titans (1981). Paul Noble…

Reconstructing Classics – voice

Part 2 of a review of Confronting Classics, by Mary Beard [Link]. Some tactics for challenging the orthodox monologue of academic Classical Studies and opening space to hear other voices. What is Classical Studies about? Mary Beard argues that Classics is not about ancient Greece and Rome at all, but about what happens in the…

memory and return – Tri Bywyd (Three Lives) 1995

On the return of the past: document, memory, and archive. Katie Pearl (theatre director and professor at Wesleyan – see her extraordinary work here – [Link]) recently got in touch asking about the performance in Wales in 1995 of Tri Bywyd (translation – Three Lives), a work of theatre/archaeology by arts company Brith Gof. Specifically…

allegory – experience, ontology, rhetoric

Page in construction For Walter Benjamin allegories are, in the realm of thought, what ruins are in the world of things. I have been quite fascinated with this equation and feel that I am only now realizing the ramifications. Here are some thoughts, and some possible connections with the archaeological imagination. More on research creation…

Research creation – experiment

Page in construction Experiments in the archaeological imagination Concepts – [Link] et in Arcadia ego – [Link] ROMA – [Link] Through a glass – [Link] vox tantum atque ossa supersunt – [Link] So werd ich Todten-Kopff ein Englisch Antlitz seyn – [Link] figure and ground – [Link] figuration – [Link] noise – [Link] mark making…