ViA – 2008

The Visualisation in Archaeology workshop was easily one of the best and most productive conferences I’ve ever attended.  Most of the attendees were presenting as well, and there was only a single session at any one time.  Megan Price’s paper on the Victorian lantern slides produced by H.M.J. Underhill was particularly fascinating, and I approached her to ask if she’d considered making a small documentary film on the subject.

Aaron Watson’s reconstructions and reimaginings of archaeological sites was also really fascinating–it’s unfortunate that he doesn’t have any of his moving images/videowork online as far as I can tell, because it was my favorite.  He juxtaposed pieces of his final report with more sensorial experiences of the landscape during his ViA presentation.

My paper was well received, despite some online shenanigans attempting to sabotage (!) my career.  I wish I had spent more time working on the slide show, but for some reason this paper took way longer to complete than usual.

I got straight off the plane and went to class, which was a little brutal, but we were having a feedback session on papers, and it was nice to come back to some really insightful and complimentary remarks from people whom I’m convinced are about 20x smarter than I am.

So, now, with a rough draft of a publication due on Nov. 1st, the Asian Art Museum video, and burning down Çatalhöyük…I don’t even have much time to breathe!