Unboxing

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Abstract

This video work was made in response to research on the storage, collection and repatriation of archaeological materials. The work repurposed artefact storage boxes as vessels for cast plaster as a process of materialising absence. The artwork references the contemporary cultural phenomena of videoing, sharing and watching processes of unwrapping commercial product packaging to reveal recently purchased items. Drawing upon the ASMR effects of this popular practice, the work emphasises the care, calm and attentiveness in handling archaeological materials and their attendant meanings. By casting the empty space of the boxes the absent present is made manifest and the possibilities of repatriation materially realised. Screened at M16 Gallery and showcased at the Histories of Archaeology conference online.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherM16 Gallery
Media of outputFilm
Size15 min
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

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