Symposium 2000

Topic: "mare memoria"

CINARCHEA unites multifarious aspects of archaeology, film and art, which are being reflected in the programme, yet shall be presented in a condensed form in the symposium by means of lectures, presentations and exhibitions.

It began 1994 with an intensive discussion on the differing ways of presenting archaeology in film and on television in respect to the examples that were then put on show in the festival-programme, 1996 an insight was given into the respective situation in the USA as well as a tribute to the 100th birthday of the cinema with the exhibition "Camera obscura - Laterna Magica - Kino" in the citymuseum and the presentation of "Film-Archaeology" taking the reconstruction of "Nosferatu" as an example. 1998 was dedicated to the usage of the New Media in the field of archaeology - and showed the reconstruction of the silent film "Asphalt".

This time CINARCHEA has chosen as predominant subject: mare - memoria.

For an introduction Hubertus v. Amelunxen looks into the matter considering mythical images and associations in the context of water and shall give space to reflections which ascribe the substance "water" itself qualities of remembering, reminding and protecting. - Water as the wet element that may at times exquisitely well preserve finds of the past, shall then be the subject of the lecture on the exhibition "The Baltic Sea - our Cultural Heritage Under Water" by Friedrich Lüth and Thomas Förster, an exhibition that will be on show parallel to the filmprogramme. It presents an introduction into the underwater-archaeology and, particularly, the ship-archaeology: its pioneers, objects and methods. In a comprehensive fashion methodical aspects will be considered and discussed as will the search for and/or finding of submarine objects, the modi operandi and the criteria attached of the respective research-projects or excavations. Examples are remains of ships from the battlement of the Nordic Seven Years War, a find of a wreck which shall contribute to a new definition of the term "cog", and early medieval settlements being stored under water today. In addition to these find- and excavation sites in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern there will be 3 plates giving insight into the history of underwater archaeology in Schleswig-Holstein from 1900 up to today. - Harald Lübke presents his work on Stone-Age sites in the region of the western Baltic Sea, and Pieter Grootes of the Leibniz-Laboratory for Isotope Research and Radiometric Dating , Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, will give a lecture on the newest results of dating theses and older finds which will probably reshape some ideas and so far held safe categories (see: his essay in this catalogue!).

A further item of the programme on the subject of underwater archaeology shall be, following up the presentation of the film "Surfaced - The Odyssee of the Brandtaucher", an excursion into the Kiel Maritime Museum where at the time being this historical object is exhibited to the public (see: essay in the catalogue on this subject).

Into the wide field, not uncharged with tension: archaeology - film - art, we may get introduced with the contribution of David Gatten, USA who shall give a lecture holding insights into the way he works, the procedures during the production of his experimental films "What the Water Said".

CINARCHEA has also, from the beginning, been an informative platform for the presentation of new ways and possibilities in audiovisual communication of scientific results. In this context the Archaeological Park Xanten demonstrates its new informational system on the archaeology of the Roman city "Colonia Ulpia Traiana", which was realized under the direction of Claus Dießenbacher in cooperative working with the college Anhalt, the Regional Museum Xanten of the Landschaftsverband Rheinland, represented by Ms. Anita Rieche and was made possible by the support of the State Government NRW.
The programme is accessible for all visitors of the festival during programme-breaks.

As it was the case in the past festivals this time too there shall be a distinct item on the programme concentrated on the films which were dedicated to the subject of archaeology in times past.
This year Charlotte Trümpler from the Ruhrland-Museum Essen presents the film which she put together by using clips of film done by Agatha Christie during her shootings in Tell Brak in Syria 1937; the soundtrack of this filmic montage consists of extracts from Agatha Christie`s book "Memories of Happy Days", again put together by Charlotte Trümpler. This show is followed up by Tom Stern and Thomas Tode commentating further film shots which Agatha Christie had not used, mainly those she produced with her 16mm camera at the excavations done by her husband.

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