Contemporary artist Marguerite Humeau explores the means by which knowledge is generated in the absence of evidence or through the impossibility of reaching the object of investigation. Her previous projects include functioning sonic sculptures based on the vocal tracts of extinct mammalian species (including wooly mammoth and Australopithecines). This provokes a series of important questions for archaeologists and palaeontologists concerning:
- academic authority
- the nature of our evidence
- the role of imagination within the interpretative process
We will explore these issues with an introduction from Ben Elliott (University of York) on the importance of sound within prehistoric landscapes, a presentation from Marguerite Humeau on her work to date, and an open-floor discussion to pursue these questions, and consider the ways in which art and archaeology can share an intellectual space.
This event is organised by the Archaeology / Heritage / Art Research Network at UCL with the help of Dr Benjamin Elliott from the Department of Archaeology, University of York. The event is generously sponsered by the Institute of Archaeology Heritage Studies Section.