This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather interfering with the kiln firing programme. Please do go and visit Dr Akbari on the lawn of the Fitzwilliam Museum instead!
9.45 – 10.00 Welcome and coffee
10.00 – 10.15 Introduction – Carmen Ting
10.15 – 11.00 Contemporary art approaches in using archaeological finds – Abbas Akbari
11.00 – 11.30 Global connections: Ceramics from the Islamic World at the Fitz – Flavia Ravaioli and Carmen Ting
11.30 – 12.00 Discussion
Contemporary art approaches in using archaeological finds
In this talk I first point out the difference between the modernism and postmodernism viewpoints in dealing with history. I will then consider the visual and technical aspects of archaeological findings during which I will also discuss two contemporary artistic approaches in working with these findings with reference to examples. In the end I will show some of my own artworks which aims at exemplifying the glory of archaeological finds.
Global connections: Ceramics from the Islamic World at the Fitz
Flavia Ravaioli and Carmen Ting
We started the ‘Global connections’ project in 2019 with the aim of expanding the context of the pieces of the Islamic period at the Fitzwilliam Museum (‘the Fitz’ hereafter). One of our main focuses has been the Adès collection of medieval Persian glazed ceramics, which was acquired through the UK Art Council Cultural Gifts Scheme. This collection has garnered a lot of attraction since its recovery in the 1920s due to the intactness of the pieces – unusual for ceramics dating to this period. This has led to a wide range of speculations, including one that hypothesises these pieces belonged to a merchant who was trying to hide their stock before the Mongol invasion in the late 12th century CE. In this talk, we are presenting the initial results of our research, highlighting the journey some of these pieces have gone through.
From 9:45AM to 12:00PM
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge, CB2 3ER