Oceans - Archaeology & Preservation

What are tools of exploration and what are tools of its judgment? How can we translate results of our discoveries when transferring them out of their contexts? How can we do so and still keep them “alive”? How can we account for, reconstruct and even preserve fluid and performative modes of exploration and apply these considerations and methodologies to the subjects and objects of inquiry, both in material and conceptual senses? What are the possibilities and restraints in combining ancestral knowledge and forms with the latest technology and science – and is fiction as evidence a possible approach to epistemological, technical, physical, and scientific systems? Lastly, what are the practical issues involved, and how can preservation be scientifically precise, ethical and even legal, and what role can experimental and interdisciplinary forms of thinking and doing play?

From left to right: Sandor Mulsow, Atif Akin, Stephanie Hessler, Celina Jeffery, Bran Quinquis and Markus Reymann. Panel discussion at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary The Forgotten Space Seminar in Lopud, Croatia. 9 September 2016.