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«Reconstructions»

«Reconstructions» is an Exhibition of Panteleymon Arnaudov, master-student at National University of Arts Bucharest. Panteleymon Arnaudov presents his license work “Reconstruction of ancient techniques in art glass”, coordinated by Professor Dan Popovici.
Opening on July 1, 2014, 19h. Curators Dan Popovici, Ionel Cojocariu, Ioana Stelea.
Presented by Prof. Cristian Robert Velescu and Dan Popovici.

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The LAND ART at BARCLODIAD Y GAWRES on the University of Bristol website

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2014/june/anglesey-art.html

ART-CHAEOLOGY AT BARCLODIAD Y GAWRES (LAND ART FOR THE GESTART PROJECT) by Professor Dragoş GHEORGHIU (Doctoral School, National University of Arts, Bucharest)

I was delighted to be invited to Wales by my friend and co-editor Professor George Nash to participate in the Gestart Project by creating a work of art in relationship with the Barclodiad y Gawres monument. The goal was to propose a new image of the Welsh Neolithic monument, as well as to enhance the archaeological imagination with the experientiality resulted from the artistic intervention.
I believe that art can function as a revelator for the archaeological imagination; this is why I use the art ingredient in the archaeological experiments, under the form of land-art or installations, which brings new information to complement the scientific one. As an art-chaeologist I combine the scientific approach with the metaphorical one produced by art (Gheorghiu 2009).
For Barclodiad y Gawres I proposed one land-art installation to visualize, in a minimalistic way, the “invisible” traits of the funerary monument, i.e. its rituality or its relationship with the landscape. Thus, the land-art was conceived as a line which made visible these unseen cultural traits.
An additional important attribute of the monument that should have been revealed was the art hidden inside the funerary chamber, under the form of incised angular lines and chevrons.
Bearing in mind the monument was placed in a ritual landscape (Nash 2013), I tried to reveal this idea through two artistic and ritual actions. The first art experiment was to separate the shape of the monument from its surroundings, setting apart its round shape from the chaotic forms of the landscape; therefore, viewed from above, the monument was made visible under the shape of a white thin circle, while viewed from ground level, as a horizontal white line, similar to the one produced by the white quartz at Avebury. George experienced the perception of this land art creation from the other side of the gulf near the monument.
A second experiment and land-art was created to evoke a (hypothetical) ritual road that would have linked the entrance of the monument to the most important visual attractor in the area, Holy Head. The road was materialized as a 100 m long white line, which linked the monument to the valley, and George experienced the rite of approaching the monument on this abrupt road.
The third land-art was intended to reveal the hidden art inside the monument, by designing a linear pattern resulted from the intersection of parallel white lines across the monument, in order to evoke and made visible to the world the lozenges and the other linear patterns found within the funerary chamber.
All the grandeur of the land-art and of the monument was captured with the help of a video camera positioned on a drone piloted by Andrew Beardsley. I was helped to position the land-art on the ground by George Nash, Bill Swan, and Andrew Beardsley, while the photos and video films were done by Andrew Beardsley, to whom my thanks go. Moreover, it seems that the Neolithic gods were smiling upon us on the 21st May, as we enjoyed a sunny day with clear skies that one usually only sees on the Mediterranean coast.
The art-chaeological experiment from Barclodiad y Gawres, (i.e. the three land-art works and their theoretical support) constitutes the subject of several scientific and art papers to be published in the next few months, about the uses of art for enhancing the archaeological imagination. Images of my work in Barclodiad y Gawres can also be seen on Gestart Project site (www.gestartproject.com).
For a better understanding of the uses of the art-chaeolgical concept to reveal prehistoric and ancient monuments I invite the interested reader to see my previous work in the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (Gheorghiu 2013), World Art (Gheorghiu 2012), Artchaeology (Gheorghiu 2009), Time Maps (http://timemaps.net/timemap/velho_da_zimbreira/), and the images posted on Panoramio.

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Bibliography
Dragos Gheorghiu, 2013, Not here Not There, Leonardo Electronic Almanac 19 (1), pp. 54-60.
Dragos Gheorghiu, 2012, eARTh Vision (Art-chaeology and digital mapping), World Art,
2:2, 211-217.
Gheorghiu, D., 2009, Artchaeology. A sensorial approach to the past, Bucharest, Unarte.
George Nash, 2013, Aspect, Architecture and Art: The Passage Grave tradition of Northwest Britain, Time and Mind 6 (2), pp.199-210.

Photos by Dragos Gheorghiu and George Nash. Aerial photos by Andy Beardsley.

Time Maps on the v-must network of virtual-museums

http://www.v-must.net/virtual-museums/vm/timemaps-2013

Participation at the International Conference Mapping Culture: Communities, Sites and Stories

On 28-30 May2014 Professor Dragoş Gheorghiu and Dr.Davide Delfino presented a paper on mapping invisible communities (the Time Maps Project) during the International Conference Mapping Culture organized by the University of Coimbra.
http://www.ces.uc.pt/eventos/mappingculture/
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Gestart project

http://pacadnetwork.com/gestart/

Participation at the International Conference on Computer Supported Education – CSEDU 2014

On 1-3 April 2014, Livia Ştefan presented the paper “3D Online Virtual Museum as e-learning tool. A Mixed Reality Experience”, authors Professor Dragoş Gheorghiu and eng. Livia Ştefan.
http://www.csedu.org/?y=2014.
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Journal of Abrantes (Jornal de Abrantes)

Jornal de Abrantes, Portugal, published on its blog an announcement on an intercultural dialogue between Dr. Manuel Fernandes School, Portugal, and the Vadastra School, Romania, within the framework of the Time Maps project.
The posting can be read accessing the following link: http://www.antenalivre.pt/?p=6307

The IUPPS Commission 14 “Neolithic Civilizations of the Mediterranean and Europe”

The IUPPS Commission 14 “Neolithic Civilizations of the Mediterranean and Europe” will organize a session during the 17th IUPPS congress in Burgos, 1 ‐ 7 September 2014 on the theme

« MATERIALS, PRODUCTIONS, EXCHANGE NETWORKS AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE SOCIETIES OF NEOLITHIC EUROPE »

CALL FOR PAPERS
The circulation of raw materials or finished pieces is a constitutive element of the European Neolithic, at any stage of its development. The exchange networks created by these processes maintain multiple interactions between groups and cultures, over varying distances. They may involve material goods (of domestic use, economic) or markers of social differentiation. Likewise, they may trigger the transfer of technical skills (stone, bone, antler working, metallurgy, draught animals and ard-ploughing, wheeled vehicles, etc.). These networks may also encourage the diffusion, or even interaction, of ideas (gender-related concepts, codes and signs of group identity, influx of ideologies, and models of social organization). The forces behind these unidirectional or multidirectional movements are displacements of individuals or groups – migrants, intermediate persons, traders, specialized craftsmen, expeditions, etc. – and the economic or sociocultural « politics » explaining these exchange strategies. Based on concrete examples we are aiming at defining the characteristics and the geographical extent with regard to these distributions of materials or productions and to the dissemination of ideas or symbols. We will try to evaluate their impact on the techniques or goods in the different areas, but also the social status of these exchanges (gifts/counterparts, integration, acculturation, tensions, etc.).

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
The scientific commission “Neolithic Civilizations of the Mediterranean and Europe” organizes a session during the 17th IUPPS congress in Burgos.
Oral communications can be presented in English, French or Spanish.
Paper proposals providing the presentation title and abstract (of no more than 300 words) should be submitted by 30 April 2014.
Please send your proposal to: Marie Besse (University of Geneva, Switzerland) marie.besse@unige.ch.
The scientific committee will evaluate the projects – oral or poster presentations – by May 2014.
The proceedings of this session are expected to be published in English.
Organizers: Marie Besse and Jean Guilaine

Dear friends

I would like to invite everyone to attend the session communications “Technologies and the first agro-pastoral societies: The methods of manufacture and decoration of pottery”. The event will take place at XVII Congress of UISPP in Burgos, Spain, between 01 and 07 September 2014. The session will be coordinated by Professors Dragos Gheorghius (Romania), Moustapha Sal (Senegal) and André Soares (Brazil). For further information please visit:
http://www.burgos2014uispp.com/modules.php?name=webstructure&lang=ES&idwebstructure=89
Professor André Soares

Chers amis

Je voudrais inviter tout le monde à assister a la session de communication “Technologies des premières sociétés agro-pastorales: Les méthodes de fabrication et de décoration de la poterie”. L’événement aura lieu au XVIIe Congrès de UISPP à Burgos, en Espagne, entre 01 et 07 Septembre 2014. La session sera coordonné par les professeurs Dragos Gheorghiu (Roumanie), Moustapha Sal (Sénégal) et André Soares (Brésil). Pour plus d’informations:
http://www.burgos2014uispp.com/modules.php?name=webstructure&lang=ES&idwebstructure=89
Professeur André Soares

Workshop, Vadastra, November 24, 2013

On 24th of November 2013, professor Dragos Gheorghiu with a group of collaborators from NUA Bucharest and with the help of Mrs. Laura Voicu, the principal of Vadastra School, organized in Vadastra a learning and demonstration workshop. At this event, Mr. Sorin Rădulescu – the mayor of Vadastra village and Paula Ruscu, a mayor’s councilor, were also present.
The workshop comprised several parallel short-time work sessions:

    an e-learning session via Skype Bucharest-Vadastra was held by teaching assistant Alexandra Rusu, regarding weaving techniques with the vertical loom. The children showed what they had worked since the previous workshop;
    an interactive lesson about narratology held by Elena Radoi, PHD student. She used childen’s words and experience to make her point about this subject;
    demonstations of two mobile applications which use Augmented Reality (AR) to help children discover and learn about local cultural heritage.

This was performed by professor Gheorghiu and eng. Livia Stefan. Two techniques were demonstrated: visual-based AR and location-based AR. First, the applications were explained theoretically in the classroom, then the visual-based AR was shown by scanning a QR code and images of a prehistoric house and a Roman vila rustica. Afterwards, the location-based AR was shown outdoors at the experimental camp of NUA. The children were shown and explained some archaeological artefacts, the experimental prehistoric house and the Roman vila rustica, and the mobile application which displayed texts, images, 3D models and videos in relation with this place of historic interest. The children used themselves the smartphone and learned how to use the application.
We would like to thank all children, as well as Morat Cosmina (6th grade) and Ispas Alexandra (8th grade), for their participation.