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16 August 2011
Festival-goers to one of Wales’ largest events can engage with the past and explore the future as part of a Cardiff University archaeology event.
Taking place from the 18th to 21st August at Wales’ Green Man Festival in Brecon, the Back to the Future event is run by staff and students from the University’s School of History, Archaeology and Religion.
The vibrant programme includes workshops, installations and performances that blend science and nature with entertainment, art, craft and design and will be held in the Festival's 'Einstein’s Garden' area.
Back to The Future will focus on three main interactive themes: Future Animals, an art-based workshop examining our relationship with animals in the past and asking participants to design animals for the future; Fur Trade or Who Am I Wearing?, which asks people to guess which animals we use for clothes and to think about both production techniques and the sustainability of past, present and future fabrics; and Festival Archaeology – exploring what archaeology can be found at the festival, both traditional and non-traditional and how we use science to understand this.
Speaking about the project, Dr Jacqui Mulville, senior lecturer in Bioarchaeology in the School said: ‘Talking to people at festivals is a great way to ensure a wide coverage and a greater range of audiences for our work. Green Man is the ideal festival as it is located relatively close to Cardiff, in an area near one of our projects at Llangorse Crannog. It also has the Einstein’s Garden area, a haven for original thinking and imaginative ideas. My archaeological research is a fusion of science, art and nature, and in collaboration with students and artists we have designed a variety of events that provide information on the past and provoke thoughts about our futures. By involving our students we can engage directly with a younger festival audience, provide student training and bring archaeology alive." Working with artist Paul Evans, the students and staff will encourage participants to use their imagination to travel back in time to discover past animals, drowned worlds and ancient fashion. They will be able to handle archaeological artefacts, learn about the archaeology of the Green Man festival site and Wales, and peg significant events onto the ‘washing line of time’ – as well as creating future fashion, accessories and models. Finally, festival-going public will be asked to create and design what future animals will look like, with the help of the artist. Back to the Future will be open between 10am and 8pm over the duration of the Festival. The event is supported by Cardiff University, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and National Museum of Wales.
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