The Relationship of Art And Techno-Scientific Research


Excerpts from Stephen Wilson’s Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology that aptly illustrate why Open Access Antiquarianism is seeking to blend our study of technology and archaeology with art: “What do art and science have to do with each other? Information Arts takes and unorthodox look at this question focusing on the revolutionary work of artists and theorists who challenge the separations initiated in the Renaissance. It points toward a possible future in […]

The New Armchair Archaeology


The American Antiquarian style library at the gilded age Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. To visualize this idea of open access antiquarianism, we’d like to appropriate another fabulous term often applied to the antiquarians of old–”armchair archaeology.” This was the Hercule Poirot practice of scholarly gentlemen in upper class society  of the 18th-20th centuries sitting about in their studies and Cabinets of Curiosities, ruminating with their little grey cells on the clues brought back from […]

Bubble Culture


The travel bubble bottles for the OAA Kickstarter Campaign. Bubbles are Universal And Timeless Symbols of Humankind’s Imagination & Creativity They are one of the most poignant symbols of that fine and glorious intersection where science becomes art in the hands of human engineering and technology. As an activity which was possible throughout history (but leaves no archaeological record and is therefore categorized as ‘intangible’), bubbles are conceivably an ancient art. Its a bit of […]

Printing the Past: 3D Printed Archaeological Artifacts & Jewelry


An early test with one of the Calit2 3D printers. Throughout our archaeological adventures, one of our primary focuses has been on the technological pipeline of data capture, processing and dissemination. Fancy words for saying- how to we go from: Step One: Collecting visual data of an archaeological site or object in the field or in a museum (with a camera, laser scanner, notes, etc). Its not as easy as it sounds and involves a […]

Technocratic Evolution


My quick sketch of the Technocratic Evolution project re-etched. Moving from a homo habilis with a 1980s Macintosh on the left, the temporal sequence continues up to the modern human with his tablet, phone, Google Glass, and fit-bit, and concludes with the head in ajar premise from Futurama (specifically Richard Nixon’s head, as a reference not just to the show, but to the issues with governmental open access policies Nixon’s Watergate fiasco exposed). The best […]

Lost Fabric: Archiving the History of Fashion


Murphy: a previous art project of mine which entailed refurbishing and Anglicizing a vintage dress dummy. Textiles are one of those well, fabrics, which archaeologists uncover sparingly. Elite dresses of the past few centuries are occasionally encountered in attics, and these are easy enough to display in museums for comparison and contrast. And these form the basic premise of the history of fashion most museum-goers might encounter. But add in the bits and pieces of […]

Sandcastles for Science Redux


A Leica Scanstation 2 on deck ready to laser scan sand castles as part of resolution experiments. What is art or science without a little experimentation? As a throwback to my favorite experiment in archaeological laser scanning and education outreach, our National Science Foundation funded Sandcastles for Science project on the beaches of San Diego (otherwise ponderously known as Sediment Intervals and Site De-Formation Processes: Exploring Time Lapse Laser Scanning Capabilities and Methodologies for Archaeology)–we’d […]

The Golden Horns of Gallehus: 3D Printing Family Archaeo-Legends


My family is quite kooky and delightfully ancient. We know the ins and outs of our family history for a variety of reasons, most of which revolve around hoarding Victorians and my great-grandmother’s life quest to hunt out every detail she could about her family’s past–which drove her into the records of the Church of Latter Day Saints and out to a series of tiny churches and cemeteries all over Europe and Central America. The […]

Rogue Science: Pirate Flags & Political Statements


What better way to express our concern with the bureaucratic and academic systems which are slowing down the research and development of technology for cultural heritage purposes AND hindering the use of crowd-sourced analytics of cultural heritage— than a pirate flag. Not content with simply re-using any of the wonderful historical flags–I developed our own. Though almost everyone is familiar with the concept of the pirate flag and its traditional skull over cross-bones format, the […]

A Cartographic Forest


Reworking of George Glazer’s New York Globe Collection. A Forest of Globes It’s funny to think about now in an age of GPS, Google Maps, and basic geography lessons in elementary school. But not so long ago- the lay of the land was virtually unknown to the majority of the human population. It was filled-in as explorers fleshed out the missing bits (neatly destroying that whole pesky ‘the world is flat’ concept and ruining the […]

The Open Access Antiquarianism Medallions


We’ve created a plethora of pretty and pointed rewards for the Open Access Antiquarianism Kickstarter campaign. Starring on our stickers and larger buttons are a series of digitally jazzy art and archaeological emblems. On each is a variant of the classic phrase ‘art for art’s sake’ which emphasizes the on-going and increasingly needed role of technology research and development for the humanities and social sciences which our project pokes at with our political art. Here’s […]

The Antiquarian’s Cabinet of Curiosities


A collection of re-colored Cabinets of Curiosities Why ‘Open Access Antiquarianism?’ What is a Cabinet of Curiosities? We’d like to build our initial art show around the premise of our apt title: Open Access Antiquarianism. Broken down, that phrase covertly covers a lot of really important topics at the forefront of technology, science, and cultural heritage policy like control and democratization of expertise. It also delightfully smacks of our primary focus in bringing digital heritage […]

The Manifesto


The Open Access Antiquarianism Manifesto (A Variant of the OAA Kickstarter Blurb) You know how in movies and TV shows about archaeology and history–they’ll show you a teensy glimpse of a giant storage room filled up with artifacts and treasures? A room that is full of all kinds of historical goodies that are locked away from general public consumption. Well that happens. Those rooms exist all over the world. Museums, archives, universities, and private collectors […]

Our Adventures in Digital Archaeology


A History of our Digital Archaeology Projects: Florence, Petra, & Beyond… Want to learn more about our past work? Delve into the our research projects, conference appearances, laboratory brainstorms, and fabulous field work –all collated together on a scrapbook blog all its own: Adventures in Digital Archaeology. (0) - Privacy Policy - Cookie Policy