Final selection of THE MATERIALITY OF THE INVISIBLE, the fellowship instigated within the framework of NEARCH, the prestigious European project-based network of archaeological institutes and university departments.
The following artists and art collectives have been selected out of some 300 applicants: Leyla Cardenas, Joey Bryniarska and Martin Westwood, Klaas van Gorkum and Iratxe Jaio, Matthew Wilson and Rossella Biscotti.
They will collaborate with the following archaeological partners in NEARCH:
Leyla Cardenas will collaborate with UOFX (Oxford, UK) and ADS (York, UK).
Joey Bryniarska and Martin Westwood will collaborate with INRAP (Paris, France), the Archaeology department of Saint-Denis and the University of Gothenburg (Gothenborg, Sweden).
Klaas van Gorkum and Iratxe Jaio will collaborate with Incipit (Santiago de Compostela, Spain).
Matthew Wilson will collaborate with Leiden University (Leiden, the Netherlands) and the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (Berlin, Germany).
Rossella Biscotti will collaborate with the Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland).
The starting point for these fellowships is the idea that all that is visible expresses what is invisible – be it a photograph, a house, a fragment, a day in my life, an artwork, a car in the street. And, similarly, all that is material stresses its immateriality – be it a ruin, a beam of light, a polished surface, a movie, a church.
THE MATERIALITY OF THE INVISIBLE offers a hitherto unknown opportunity to research in practice the interaction between artists and archaeologists, to work together in close confines, to profoundly exchange information and to thoroughly questioning both professions in an age of change and fluctuating cultural attitudes.
In 2017 an exhibition and symposium is planned to unveil the outcome of this process to an international audience.