The Art of Archaeology: The Archaeological Process in the Work of Robert Smithson, Mark Dion, and Fred Wilson

This dissertation discusses the relationship between contemporary artwork and current archaeological theory and practice. I argue that contemporary art and scientific archaeology are both practices conducted in the present facing similar issues, such as the need to attend to power relations between past and present, and the documentation and representation of ephemeral activities. Because artists and archaeologists offer different responses to those similar issues, contemporary artwork can help materialize the very process of doing and theorizing archaeology…

Author: Vilches, Flora

Source: University of Maryland

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