I often consider my music as audio-archeology: I want to push your ear-boundaries to listen to music from countries with an incredible history and culture. Music unites people. We all just look at the same sky. My world is everybody’s world and my music reflects this.
Desert Kites – Trace (Instrumental Remix) – Video by Zoë Crossland
Traces, signs, formations. Produced by the world around us and by the universe at large; acted on and remade by generations of people. These are the archives that archaeologists and others work with and within. Images through a microscope; pollen grains drifting through the scopic field; moments of focus and loss moving in and out of view.
Zoe Crossland is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Director of the Center for Archaeology, at Columbia University, New York, USA. Desert Kites is a musician based in New York City.
We’re putting out this call for you to either create something new or share a ready made sound piece. Your piece should be a response to place, space or materiality: You may also want to consider the special themes: Archaeologies of festivals; COVID-19 pandemic; Equality & Diversity; Decolonializing contemporary archaeology; Archaeologies of protest; Togetherness & Fragmentation; Drift.
If you’ve a piece you’d like featured, send us your bio and some words about the piece (max 300 words), a link* and an image (as a separate file named ‘artist name’.jpg) to email@example.com. Include your social media @s too. We’ll organise submissions into themed sets – using your own words and image as the main texts of the blog. Every day during the week long festival the festivalCHAT website will release a blog with the set as suggested listening for the day.
*Sound pieces with accompanying film are also welcome but you must be able to host this yourself. We envisage that most of you will have your own Soundcloud, Bandcamp, webpage or similar but we can help you set up a free Soundcloud account if necessary.
Live event Thursday 29 October 14:00-16:00 EDT(New York) 18:00-20:00 GMT (London)
With every passing moment we see clear examples of how the world around us shapes and is shaped by history. In this festival session we challenge the archaeological community to use location as a bridge between the contemporary and historical and to find new ways to narrate the clash of pasts and presents and the accumulation of new meanings and associations with place.
We ask for flash fictions or nano-histories that reflect on time’s interconnectivities. Consider Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the British Museum in London; the Jelling Stones in Denmark; any number of political borders and walls. How do past and present merge and clash particularly in the context of our pandemic world and the protests of Black Lives Matter?
Participants should submit a 150-word or less story, together with an image showing the site attached to their story. Each presenter will have 10 minutes to read their piece and respond to questions. Accepted submission will be posted to Instagram and the session will be held on Zoom and streamed live on Facebook. Please make sure your images are yours, or that their source is cited.