Visual translations of ancient heritage – re-contextualising ancient European script through contemporary visual communication methods and media

LEVICK-PARKIN, Melanie, FLOUDA, Georgia and WOOD, Jonathan (2015). Visual translations of ancient heritage – re-contextualising ancient European script through contemporary visual communication methods and media. In: EAA European Association of Archaeologists Conference, Glasgow, 2-3 September 2015. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this practice led research project was to apply a design anthropology approach to the visual re-contexualisation of ancient European script, using contemporary visual communication practices and media strategies in order to explore opportunities for creative engagement with archaeological knowledge. Archaeology can grant us access to our history by allowing us encounters with remnants of the past, but how these remnants are translated for us, read by us and what we believe that they tell us is intimately tied up with the context of our own contemporary culture. What role can contemporary visual communication practices play in communicating archaeological knowledge to young audiences by overcoming potential aesthetic or media based barriers. Like visual design, ancient script deals with visual presentation of meaning and is directly relevant in relation to Frutiger’s interest in archetypes and Neurath’s Isotype collection. Under the guidance of a specialist Archaeologist advisor and two Design researchers, a team of visual communication designers used their individual creative practices to visually re-contextualise the oldest deciphered and un-deciphered European scripts of Linear A and Linear B, with the goal of engaging a teenage audience. The aim was to explore how visual communication can facilitate archaeological heritage experiences that explore a multi-layered narrative through co-creative and democratised strategies of engagement. This investigation raises not only the question of the overall relevance of creative re-contextualisation of archaeological heritage in engaging new audiences, but also to what extent this re-contextualisation can be allowed to undermine the ‘authenticity’ of the source material.

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Additional Information: The Presentation can be found on page 169 of the conference book strand CA3 Art, Craft and Archaeology.
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Depositing User: Melanie Levick-Parkin
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2016 12:56
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 15:47

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