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Bronze Age Orientation Day

I’m late for April Fools, but I laughed harder at this than anything I saw yesterday.  Stolen from the comments at Archaeoastronomy.

Bronze is brilliant!

Emerging Cypriot + Archaeology Films

While I was doing a bit of background for a short piece I’m writing (that is late!), I came across the Emerging Cypriot project, which has several short films that were made by a professional filmmaker collaborating with the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project.  I’m always happy to find more archaeological media available on the web, and it’s interesting to see how other people frame the same topics.

As I may have mentioned previously, this semester I am TA’ing Introduction to Archaeology with Ruth, which is fairly media-heavy, as one might imagine.  For their midterm we had the students watch two short movies, the first being about Ruth’s Opovo project and a professionally made film called Under These Fields 1,000 years ago.  They compared these two projects, and had to write a critical examination of the authorship, intended audience, and variable audience response, using knowledge from the textbook. I just graded a whole passel of them and was surprised to see that most of them liked the Opovo film better–the shaky, handheld, goofy homemade thing that it was. It will be interesting to see how things like youtube and the greater ubiquity of DIY media will shape aesthetics and the perception of media products.

Personal Histories at Cambridge (2 & 3)

Though they don’t seem to be terribly popular, here are parts two and three of the series:

Vertov, Remixed

After writing a hundred pages or so for my field statements, due a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been a little short on words.  It’s slowly coming back to me though, and Spring Break is helping immensely.  I’ve been reading and taking notes in preparation for my orals, and it’s been a luxurious break from the usual hustle of the semester.

I often wish I had Bill and Ted’s phone booth so I could steal away to read, say, Derrida’s corpus, or watch a few hundred ethnographic films, but when I actually do manage to free up some time, I’m often too exhausted to do very much.  So this break has been nice–I’m actually taking time to absorb some of the things that I read through in a rush to finish my field statements.  And while the ethnographic films are out of reach (there’s nothing deader than an out-of-date ethnographic film on VHS in the two-hour-loan section of the library, I swear) I have been finding a few gems on youtube.

So, a rescored, remixed The Man With the Movie Camera, one of the few movies made as an explictly theoretical exercise exploring cinematic language.  I’m delighted that it’s been chopped up and put on youtube–a relaxing break from these pesky words.

Moviemaking at Çatalhöyük

Feb 27 Brown Bag

Ruth and I are giving the Berkeley brown bag this Wednesday; it should be fun. I wish I had more time to make movies.

Lightwriting

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This photo of a “Indiana Harbor Belt R.R. switchman demonstrating signal with a fusee, used at twilight and dawn when visibility is poor” was taken in 1943, and found on Shorpy.com. Click on it to view the incredible beauty of the full size.

These traces of light are so evocative and so ephemeral–as anyone who ran around with a sparkler and traced their name into the sky could attest.  Urban lightwriting first appeared on my radar from my interest in graffiti and placemaking, a subject I touched on briefly in previous posts (and in a few papers).

It seems that there is now an open source instrument for live performance drawing and animation called Tagtool that I am trying my best to spec out for this summer for some live, night-time annotation of a certain Neolithic mound.

Picasso Lightwriting

Being able to lightwrite what once was on top of what is could be a fascinating opportunity for interpretation and performance in archaeology.  I’ll reiterate something I’ve been saying for a while:

I want to haunt the present with the past.

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Color and Sound

I uploaded another one of my videos to youtube so that I could show it in class tomorrow. I’m taking over half the lecture from Ruth, to tell the students a bit about archaeology and new media, since that’s the way that most of them will experience archaeology, outside of television.

It’s not my best editing job (it’s from Fall ’06), but it will have to do for now.  Remind me to take a better microphone to Turkey next year.

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I’m reusing my 2007 SAA slides, even though they are woefully outdated. (Banksy? Who cares about him anymore?)

Skeuomorphs

 

This is the first movie I did (that wasn’t a joint project), back in Spring of 2006, in conjunction with a project about the glass debitage of Ishi that is held in the Hearst Museum.  I’d really like to publish the paper someday, but it needs substantial work.

It’s sorta long (13 mins), so I certainly don’t expect anyone to check out the full thing, but any feedback is welcome.  I probably won’t edit this one anymore because the drive that had all of my scratch files died, alas.

Maybe someday I won’t be terrified when I put my video work up on the internet, but it won’t be any time soon.