Burning Buildings

A Softer World

Obviously I draw a lot of inspiration from A Softer World with the photo-comics, though I can hardly claim their gravitas. Another of my favorite blogs, Visualizing Neolithic, does the same sort of photo juxtapositions, but without captions. Using images (or in this case comics) to showcase interpretations in archaeology is often done without too much introspection, and my dissertation necessarily involves a critique of previous practice, so I’ve turned to a lot of Visual Studies literature to work through some basic theory. If photographs are melancholy objects, then putting them together into a narrative at least gives them a bit of company, and, more enticingly, the white space between, the “gutter” where all the action really happens, is a fabulous liminal space.

Bonus, my favorite A Softer World strip:
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(Poems, prose, and comics that remind me of archaeology, pt 6)

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3 responses to “Burning Buildings

  1. Back when I was a girl, we had to burn down Opovo with a slide projector! And a red write-and-wipe pen! And we liked it!

    *GRIN*

  2. A Softer World is pretty much my favorite web comic.

  3. If you are a fan of A Softer World, you might also enjoy Tiny Ghosts, which has similar sensibilities.

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