Creative (un)makings: disruptions in art/archaeology

20:19 by Cornelius Holtorf

An exhibition at Santo Tirso International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture in northern Portugal, 6 March – 21 June 2020.

Art/archaeology argues that writing and thinking about the past should move beyond existing boundaries of both disciplines, and that creative work should replace written texts and lectures. Art/archaeology opens a new space where creative work, thought, and debate expand in unexpected directions, and where we find innovative potentials for objects from the past.

Cornelius Holtorf (with Martin Kunze) prepared a contribution to this exhibition entitled “Preserved for the Future”. This work illustrates the creativity in all preservation and challenges the widespread preservation paradigm according to which the cultural heritage is constantly at risk and must be saved from loss.

“Preserved for the Future” is part of the larger installation called Ineligible which takes artefacts from an excavation in San Francisco and uses them as raw materials in order to make new artistic work that stimulates museum viewers’ thoughts about a variety of contemporary issues. More here.

Cornelius Holtorf
In 2017, Linnaeus University in Kalmar, Sweden, was awarded a UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures. This is one of eight Chairs in Sweden, and the only one within the cultural sector. Cornelius Holtorf, holder of the UNESCO Chair, alongside his team, will continue to generate ideas through this forum.

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