A cross disciplinary artistic research project, (start October 2019), that departs from, and investigates several encounters and alignments between contemporary art and archaeology. There are two geographical hubs in the project: Fontainebleau in France, and the Blombos Cave in South Africa.
• The goal is to create autonomous and collaborative artistic, poetic and scientific expressions and responses to prehistoric art and its contemporary images. It seeks to stimulate a deeper understanding of contemporary, and prehistoric artistic expression and the contemporary, and prehistoric human condition. The participating artists and archaeologists will create autonomous projects, but also interact with each other in workshops, seminars, and collaborative artistic and scientific projects.
• The secondary goal of Matter, Gesture and Soul is to establish an international cross disciplinary research network at the University of Bergen, and strengthen the expertise in cross disciplinary artistic, and scientific work with art as the driving tool. The project is kindly supported by DIKU, UiB, and Global Challenges (UiB).
Geir Harald Samuelsen