Phase 2 // A Stratigraphy of Vessels

As the excavation continued to reveal archaeological findings, A.K. tried to capture the unique moment happening in an excavation where three different temporalities are exposed all at once. She documented this idea creating a section diagram, recognizing 3 extended layers on the excavation site, one above the other. (Still a work in progress, but at this point it shows the movement of the materials through the layers / temporalities and the interrelations evolving among them):

-The lower one, layer (-1) is the ancient layer which the archaeologists are interested in. The materials and human vestiges - which can now only be seen as mere materials - bear information of a distant past.

-The next is layer (0). It’s the excavated soil that was removed to expose layer (-1). The materials and fragments found in it bear information of a recent past, one in which the archaeologists of our time don’t have great interest in it so it is disposed for now.  It's the layer that bridges the gap between the distant past and present time, the so called layer (+1) which is right above.

- Layer (+1), is the layer where modern life is happening, where us, the people working in the excavation, act and leave material traces.

The process described, lead her to perceive the site as a site full of vessels, both literally and metaphorically. Vessels, or containers of objects, information and ideas.

(ENG : vessel or pot, GR : αγγείο, IT: vaso)

[Examples]

SU(-1). The grave is a vessel for bones, the bones are a container of information for the anthropologists.

SU(0). Plates and glasses as vessels for food and liquid but also contain information of the aesthetics and preferences of the time.

SU(+1). Pc Hard disks as vessels for information, music record as vessel for sound, ultrasound print depicting a baby in a womb as a metaphysical container of life, or the proof of it in our modern times.

 

Looking through the material collections of the three temporalities, we witness a  transition, a changeover on material culture. The switch from the word of  tangible objects and materials to the word of the intangibles and the ideas.

To accompany this idea she created a visual representation. Searching the surrounding area she collected disposed materials which along with characteristic findings for each one of the 3 temporalities, construct an installation. Found materials, of non-recognizable source and dating, blend with the findings, creating a multilayer structure, while the use of the transparency of the glass reinforces the idea of interrelations and movement between temporalities.