THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF UNKNOWING

 Artist and historian alternate, mash-up times and places, sequence anachronisms. We present a salted dig, a seeded trench. Our matter is the edge of archaeology, the border of the discourse of origins, where knowledge becomes fantasy.

 The artist tells of his project to refigure a mysterious monument on Salisbury Plain, older and less legible than Stonehenge: the giant Cursus. The historian parses fictions from the golden age of prehistoric discovery: drawings by Picasso, Freudian hypotheses, a notorious hoax.

 We speak in turns, in fragments. Montage not dialectic. The juxtaposition might jar and jam; it might mesh and spark. We speak to the zone of unknowing where science becomes art.

 Mark Anstee is Artist in Residence in the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester

 Charlie Miller is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester

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