TALKING HEAVY: Site Conservation, Documentation, and Presentation of Heavy Heritage in the Mediterranean Basin

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Type: 
Workshop
Date: 
September 29, 2016 to September 30, 2016
Location: 
Turkey
Subject Fields: 
Archaeology, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Funded and organized by the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) in association with the British Museum Conservation Department.

Venue: Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC), Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey. 

Scope

This two-day workshop aims to bring together colleagues in order to share experiences and exchange ideas to create future collaborations between the countries of the Mediterranean basin, which hold a vast number of important archaeological and historical sites consisting of both movable and immovable heavy heritage. By ‘heavy’ we mean large items such as buildings, sculptures, wall paintings, and mosaics. These and similar items are often weighty, not easily moved or completely immovable, and present many challenges when in need of conservation/restoration, in situ study, or removal from sites.

The workshop focuses on theme-based case studies dealing with conservation, restoration, scientific analysis, documentation, and onsite presentation of archaeological/historical stone buildings, sculptures, wall paintings and mosaics, particularly within ‘site’ contexts, but
off-site, as well, where challenges persist beyond removal from sites. We hope to explore the experiences of different of countries and discuss the practices and challenges of the latest research via a wide range of participants including conservators, archaeologists, conservation architects, engineers, conservation scientists, heritage consultants, and site managers working in the Mediterranean region. We plan to situate these discussions within four themes.

Themes

• Conservation/restoration and presentation of stone buildings/heavy objects

• Onsite lifting and transportation of heavy objects

• Onsite digital documentation and scientific investigation techniques

• Site presentation in regards to the preservation of stone buildings and heavy objects

Organization

Each of the four themes mentioned above will be the focus of a session consisting of three or four 25-minute papers. In addition to 15 invited presenters, we hope the workshop will attract colleagues specialising in this field to attend and contribute their experiences to the discussion. The languages of the symposium will be Turkish and English, with simultaneous translation provided.

Admission to the workshop is free yet participants are expected to register for the event online. Following the workshop, presentations will be available via RCAC website.

Advisory Committee

Zeynep Aygen / Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul

Duygu Çamurcuoglu / British Museum, London

Mahmoud Hawari / British Museum, London

Nicholas Lee / British Museum, London

Caitlin O’Grady / University College London, London

Tracey Sweek / British Museum, London

Costas Vasiliadis / Acropolis Museum, Athens

Giovanni Verri / Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Participants

Omar Ahmad Abou Zaid (presenter), Aswan University, Egypt

Zeynep Aygen (presenter), Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul

Stefania Chlouveraki (presenter), Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete, Greece

Duygu Çamurcuoğlu (presenter), British Museum, London

Gülseren Dikilitaş (presenter), freelance / Istanbul University

Nevra Ertürk (discussant), Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul

Giasemi Frantzi (presenter), The Acropolis Restoration Service, Athens

Katerina Frantzinaki and Anastasia Panou (presenters), The Acropolis Restoration Service, Athens

Akram Ilja (presenter), Cleveland State University, USA

Caitlin O'Grady (discussant), University College London, London

Yavuz Özkaya (presenter), Promet Proje, Ankara, Turkey

Trevor Proudfoot (presenter), Cliveden Conservation, UK

Tracey Sweek (presenter), British Museum, London

Ebru Torun (presenter), University of Leuven, Belgium

Costas Vasiliadis (presenter), Acropolis Museum, Athens

Giovanni Verri (presenter), Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Talking Heavy Organization Team

Duygu Çamurcuoğlu ACR / British Museum, London

Costas Vasiliadis / Acropolis Museum, Athens

Chris Roosevelt / RCAC, Istanbul

Buket Coşkuner / RCAC, Istanbul

Esra Satıcı / RCAC, Istanbul

Şeyda Çetin / RCAC, Istanbul

 

 

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