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A series of lectures and seminars.

Göteborgs Universitet February 2012

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Life-Squared: an animated archive in the online world Second Life

I take this opportunity to develop six propositions about Heritage, the relationship and value of past to present, the remains of the past in the present, their locale, the means of their appropriation.

- heritage managers, archaeologists, and those in cognate fields are engaged in dynamic and productive relationships with what remains of the past - heritage and archaeology are modes of cultural production, work performed upon the remains of the past

- design thinking and practice, as represented in contemporary human centered design and as rooted in the European art studio, is a homologous field of hybrid creativity and collaboration

- understanding both heritage management and design practice is enhanced though focus upon performance, pragmatics and the politics of representation

- the relationships between past and present in heritage and archaeology are not primarily historiographic, entailing the writing and presentation of narratives and accounts of the past, but concern survival (duration) and articulation, key aspects of contemporary memory practices

- the shape of such memory practices can be traced back through the antiquarian imagination of the eighteenth century

- tracking these geneaological roots offers deep insight into ways of improving heritage, archaeology (and indeed design), and as centered upon care and concern

The seminars and lectures

Monday February 20: From performance to design: paradigms for archaeology and heritage (seminar and discussion)

Tuesday February 21: Heritage as memory: the principles of Archive 3.0, the animated past (seminar and discussion)

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday February 22, 23 and 24: The antiquarian imagination and a genealogy of contemporary Heritage (lectures)

Monday February 27: Prehistory and performance - with Johan Ling

The lecture slides -

Document IconHeritage-and-Design-Goteborg-02-2012.pdf

Document IconAntiquarian-Imagination-02-2012.pdf

Document IconSite-specifics|Rock-art.pdf

The case studies

Life Squared - with Lynn Hershman Leeson -

Theatre/Archaeology - with Mike Pearson and Cliff McLucas - try chapter 03 at

The readings

I draw on three new works:

The Archaeological Imagination, Left Coast Press, 2012

Archaeology: The Discipline of Things (with Bjørnar Olsen, Tim Webmoor and Chris Witmore), University of California Press, 2012


Archaeologies of Presence (edited with Gabriella Giannachi and Nick Kaye), Routledge, 2012.

Quick access to an ongoing development of their ideas can be found in the following (apologies for some rough edges):

On design:

My blog - - includes a running commentary on "design matters" -

The approach to human-centered design and "design thinking" of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, Stanford's, is captured in the following:

Document IconDesign-Process-Introduction.pdf

Document IconDesign-Thinking-Method-Cards.pdf

Document IconDesign-Thinking-Process-Guide.pdf

Here are some comments on Design, the Humanities and The Arts in education, rooted in the experiences of Stanford Humanities Lab: (Artereality: art as craft in a knowledge economy (with Jeffrey Schnapp) in Steven Madoff (ed) Art School: Propositions for the 21st Century, Cambridge MA, MIT Press, 2009)

An application to media and authorship - (link to a late essay draft) (Digital media, agile design and the politics of archaeological authorship, in M. Brittain and T. Clack (eds) Archaeology and Media, Walnut Creek, Left Coast Press, 2007)

On art and science: (Michael Shanks and Lynn Hershman: the scientist and the artist, in Adam Bly (ed) Science is Culture: Conversations from the Seed Salon, New York, Harper Collins, 2010)

On the antiquarian imagination: which connects closely with a piece written with Tim Webmoor - (link to a late essay draft) (The political economy of visual media in archaeology, in Sheila Bonde and Steven Houston (eds) Representing the Past: Archaeology through Image and Text, Providence RI, Brown University, Joukowsky Institute, 2010)

On Archive 3.0:

Animating the archive - and Archive and memory in virtual worlds -

On heritage and memory:

Archaeology and memory practices in "risk society" - (Memory practices and the archaeological imagination in risk society: design and long term community (with Christopher Witmore) in Stephanie Koerner and Ian Russell (eds) The Unquiet Past: Theoretical Perspectives on Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, Farnham, Ashgate, 2010)

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Abbotsford: Sir Walter Scott's home: the entrance hall and study

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