materiality of the invisible

Yesterday I had the great honor to open a remarkable exhibition of artworks at the Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht.

multiform institute for fine art, design and reflection

Curators: Lex ter Braak, Director of Van Eyck and Huib Haye van der Werf, Head of Artistic Program. The exhibition runs through The Van Eyck Academie, Marres, and Bureau Europe in Maastricht.

I have no doubt that this is one of the most sophisticated explorations I have encountered of what I call the archaeological imagination. Stunning!

I have expanded the talk I gave at the opening – and I am still hardly doing justice to this gathering of artists, works, ideas, provocations … and so much more. Here is the slide deck.


Sema Bekirovic – Ovid’s Pygmalion — cold plaster coming alive through the touch of a warm hand

RAAAF – models in a basement of WWII bunkers

Fernando Sánchez Castillo – Franco’s yacht

Daniel Silver – we rework, revive, reinvent, remediate ancient monumental forms

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Out in the field and a return to the breakup of Britain.

Northern coasts, part of my chorography of the English-Scottish borders [Link]



Fieldwork in the English/Scottish borders. Molly and I were out late this midsummer evening, walking and talking – at Bamburgh, court and capital of the Kingdom of Northumbria in the seventh and eighth centuries.

Below us, on the beach, (we found out via Gilbert (Cockton) on Facebook) Alex Braidford was capturing the strawberry moonrise – a once-in-seventy-years event [Link] – the next opportunity to see the full moon on midsummer’s eve is 2062.

Cosmic actuality – the arrangement of time beyond a mortal frame.

deep time – a return


Siccar Point, Berwickshire, Scottish Borders.

perspective study

Pinhole photographs on an Ovnipan by Joaquin Casado.

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Prehistoric round house, Coquet Valley, Northumberland.

On location with Mike Pearson.