A fascinating new project will see contemporary artworks installed among the ancient ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii, creating two art venues in stunning, historically resonant settings.
Over the next year, two Roman houses – the House of the Beautiful Courtyard at Herculaneum and the House of the Cryptoporticus in Pompeii – will, quite literally, form the backdrop to a venture that aims to create a new dialogue between contemporary art, Roman wall painting and archaeological remains.
The driving force behind Expanded Interiors is Catrin Huber, a visual artist and senior lecturer in Newcastle University’s Fine Art Department. Huber has assembled a team of experts in archaeology and digital technology (Professor Ian Haynes, Dr Thea Ravasi, Alex Turner), and contemporary art (Rosie Morris) from across the University, in order to explore the relevance of Roman wall painting and artefacts for today’s fine art practice, and to test how artists can respond to the histories and complex nature of these archaeological sites within a contemporary context.
The project combines archaeological investigation, 3D digital scanning and printing to further explore and understand the houses.
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