Thinking about archaeology,
Let me draw your attention to
Writing verse differently.
Can take many forms;
But what methods
Could be created
If we unleash our thoughts
From conventional restraint
And visualise the processes
From more than just one direction..?
Session for TAG'16, Visualising Words -
archaeological narrative through poetry, image & performance.
In memory of Mark Pluciennik, 1953-2016.
COULD FOLK STORIES ENCODE MEMORIES OF COASTALINUNDATION FROM MILLENNIA AGO?
For: the European Association of Archaeologist's 21st Annual Meeting, Glasgow, 2nd-4th September, 2015 - with Prof. P.Nunn
STORIES & SCIENCE: A GEOMYTHOLOGICAL CONVERSATION WITH CARDIGAN BAY
For: The Academy of Modern Celtic Ethnography's international conference on Imagining Wales, Aberystwyth, 1st August 2015.
A DEEP MAP OF REGENERATING NARRATIVES
For: TAG Bradford, 'Political Agendas and Sponsorship in Archaeology' 14th-16th December, 2015
SHAPING WORDS, NARRATING SHAPES
For: A Symposium on Storymaking, by the Liverpool Screen School in collaboration with the ICC (Institute of Cultural Capital) and supported by the MeCCSA Practice Network. November 11th 2016, at Liverpool John Moore's University.
“People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it is the other way around. Stories exist independently of their players. If you know that, the knowledge is power."
When stories become identity, their words assume a different shape to that of marks on an otherwise blank page. Communities and individuals lay claim to, or are claimed by, myths of place and space; they are worn as cultural narratives that unify and distinguish one from the other. Re- presenting such stories to those who have assumed ownership can be contentious. Collaborations between academic and non academic partners reveal the spaces between
knowledge and belief, where politics resides in an ethical guise.
This paper explores the challenges of facilitating participatory culture in narrative projects, as platformed by tourism and heritage. The case studies cone from a long running deep mapping project in Ceredigion, which, in part, has aimed to connect both visitors and locals to the land they are walking upon. Giving equal voice to disparate perspectives through creative collaboration requires an awareness of the many shapes that stories can form.
Working with, rather than for, an audience can also dissolve the boundaries which commonly separate these expressions, merging the performer with the performed, when the author becomes the reader and the story telling becomes a shared experience.
Barthes, Roland (1977) Heath, Simon (transl). Image, Music, Text. London: Montana Press.
Pratchett, Terry (1992). Witches Abroad. London: Corgi, p8.
RETHINKING THE CONVERSATION:
A GEOMYTHOLOGICAL DEEP MAP
For: TAG Bradford, 'Rethinking the Archaeological Map',
14th-16th December 2015
CHANGING MYTHS: ENGAGING SCIENCE WITH STORY, STORY WITH SCIENCE
For: Changing Worlds: Engaging Science and Technology with Art, Academia and Activism at the Institute for Advanced Studies, the University of Vienna. November 18th - 21st November, 2015.
POETRY AS ARCHAEOLOGICAL METHOD
For: TAG Bradford, 'Tyrannical Tales: fiction as archaeological method'
14th-16th December, 2015
FANTASTICAL FOOTPRINTS & FICTIONALISING SCIENCE: FOLK TALES, FACTS OR FALLACY?
For: Reading the Fantastic: Tales Beyond Borders international interdisciplinary conference, University of Leeds,
23rd - 25th April 2015.
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INTERPRETING MEMORY: A LANDSCAPE OF STORIES
March 20-24, 2017.
DEEP MAPPING BELIEF
May 2nd - 7th 2017
SCALING IDEOLOGICAL TIME
For: TAG CARDIFF
December 18-20th 2017
MIND THE GAP: POETRY AS CHRONOMETER
For: TAG CARDIFF
December 18-120th 2017
SPIRITUALITY AND CULTURE: DRAWING BETWEEN THE LINES
For: Progressive Connexions Interdisicplinary Conference on 'Spirituality... and Culture'
Lisbon, Portugal, 17/18th March 2018
NARRATIVES OF PEACE
For: The British Association for the Study of Religion, conference on Narrative, University of Chester, 4-6th September 2017