Poster presentations have become ubiquitous features of archaeological conferences, acting simultaneously as informational, decorative, architectural, and ritual devices. In their supposed succinctness they can persuade, deceive and mystify—while employing image and text to compress vast quantities of data into highly conventionalized fields of vision. As archaeological tools they can stand unaccompanied by their author as the sole representative of an idea or body of research, or can be used in tandem with performance as a form of prop or mobile stage-set.
Outpost examined the possibilities of this genre as intermediaries between information and art, monument and meaning. It sought innovative and creative interpretations of the archaeological poster presentation which pushed the boundaries of this format, both physically and conceptually.
My collaborative piece with Julien Masson (left) invited archaeologists to supply iconic imagery as part of an exploration of the mythologies and fantasies underlying the scientific process.
The Outpost exhibition was featured as part of the Visualisation in Archaeology conference hosted by the University of Southampton in April, 2011.