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Setomonogatari – Ceramic Practice as an Archaeology of the Contemporary Past

McHugh, Christopher (2018) Setomonogatari – Ceramic Practice as an Archaeology of the Contemporary Past. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 4 (2). pp. 183-194. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/jca.32417

DOI: 10.1558/jca.32417

Abstract

I will argue that my creative ceramic practice has much in common with archaeological approaches to the contemporary past in that it takes the form of a “creative materialising intervention”, focusing on marginal or otherwise overlooked aspects of person-object interaction. This will be illustrated by reference to recent artworks made in Seto, Japan, a traditional centre of pottery production. By reanimating old moulds and repurposing discarded sherds, my work explores the site’s changing materiality through time and is itself a proactive contribution to the archaeological record, capturing an enduring glimpse of the past and present of this ceramics community.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:archaeology, art, ceramics, ruins, Seto, Japan
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Creative Ecologies
Art and Design Research Institute
ID Code:39087
Deposited By: Dr Christopher McHugh
Deposited On:26 Mar 2018 07:27
Last Modified:26 Mar 2018 07:27

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