heritage – new definitions

This is one of a series of comments on the 8th biennial symposium “Connoisseurship and the Collectible Car” held at the Revs Institute for Automotive Research in Naples, Florida in March 2015. [Link] Cars are changing – robots are arriving. The car collector is becoming curator [Link] Car collecting is evolving from hobby to heritage…

theatre/archaeology – the brass era

This is one of a series of comments on the 8th biennial symposium “Connoisseurship and the Collectible Car” held at the Revs Institute for Automotive Research in Naples, Florida in March 2015. [Link] Theatre/Archaeology – the re-articulation of fragments of the past as real-time event A little theatre/archaeology from Michael Shanks on Vimeo. At the…

George Shaws paintings

Mike (Pearson) and I are planning a new edition of our book “Theatre/Archaeology” – now 15 years old. A key topic – the documentation, description, inscription of place/event – recognizing that places are always in motion, made what they are by virtue of our engagement, happening, perception, actions performed. Mike mentioned the work of George…

forty years on – restaging – return – nostos

I have just received the wonderful photo book of Mike Pearson’s new work – The Lesson of Anatomy 1974/2014. On 5 and 6 July 1974, the newly founded Cardiff Laboratory for Theatrical Research (later Cardiff Laboratory Theatre) presented The Lesson of Anatomy: The Life, Obsessions and Fantasies of Antonin Artaud in the Sherman Arena Theater,…

ruins – thoughts on the aesthetic

An exhibition currently at the Tate in London is exploring British images of ruin since the 18th century. Ruin Lust, an exhibition at Tate Britain from 4 March 2014, offers a guide to the mournful, thrilling, comic and perverse uses of ruins in art from the seventeenth century to the present day. The exhibition is…

art/theatre/archaeology

The review of my work with Mike Pearson – theatre/archaeology, and more, is out this week in the collection Art and Archaeology: Collaborations, Conversations, Criticisms edited by Ian Russell and Andy Cochrane for Springer – [Link] It all began twenty and more years ago, when Mike came to my department at University Wales Lampeter and…