Layers of living in layers of time - workshop and video
Producer: Anita Synnestvedt, Music/sound: Mikael Bojén, Land art installations: Marie Gayatri,
Poetry Reading: Lena Dahlén, Medieval costume and performance: Eva Andersson,
Photo: Anita Synnestvedt, Royner Norén, Marie Gayatri
In 2013 the largest urban archaeological excavation ever undertaken in West Sweden started in the area of Gamlestaden in Gothenburg. The town of "Nya Lödöse", which lay here between 1473 and 1624, is being excavated. The area is set to undergo major transformations. New construction activities with buildings, a new hub for public transport, walkways and bike lanes will transform the urban landscape.
The archaeological dig is done behind fences. You can have a glimpse of what´s going on, peeking through little openings, but it is hard to understand – what is happening? You can go for a guided tour, but do you see the connection between now and then? Do the archaeologists care about what´s happening outside the fence while they are digging? What is present, what is past? How can we explore the environment when space is money? In a workshop arranged in May 2015 archaeologists, musicians, artists and students investigated the environment in Gamlestaden with the aim discovering stories and contexts in the many layers of time and space. The video Layers of living in layers of time have been using results and material from the workshop with the purpose making a poetic interpretation of the process of archaeology with perspectives of present and past.