SHERDS: Five Verses on Six Sacks of Earth

SHERDS: Five Verses on Six Sacks of Earth

, Nastassja Simensky, 2020, performance new musical score

Reece Straw

This research explores the potential of collaborative fieldwork between artists and archaeologists. 

This research explores the potential of collaborative fieldwork between artists and archaeologists. In addition, my project asks how the development of place-specific art practice and collaborative methods ‘in the field’ enable new ways of highlighting current discourses around nuclear energy production and making tangible the multiplicities of actors and forms of knowledge that run through as well as inhabit the Blackwater Estuary in Essex.

This research project takes the proposition of an ‘archaeology of the present’ from contemporary archaeology as a means to interrogate the co-production of knowledge and material culture in the field of contemporary art. Through interdisciplinary enquiry, I will produce text, musical composition, place-specific performance, moving-image, exhibitions, and interventions. Contributing new and relevant knowledge to discussions within the arts, the project demands practitioners look beyond academic theory to find new ways to engage and impact place-specific contexts.

Supervisors


Primary supervisor: Susan Collins
Secondary supervisors: Rodney Harrison (Institute of Archaeology), Larne Abse Gogarty, Onya McCausland