Phygital Palimpsest

Phygital Palimpsest
Still Image
Stefan Gant
Dr John Pouncett, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford
Title: Phygital Palimpsest Date: 2018 Medium: Lambda Digital C-Type Print on Fujiflex Paper (Pencil, GIS Geographic Information Systems, GPS and Photogrammetry) Size: 183cm (W) x 115cm (H) 'Phygital Palimpsest' results from an interdisciplinary exchange between fields of contemporary drawing practice, archaeology and significantly an interplay and fusion with digital archaeological spatial technologies. Imagery born from this process is discernible as land matter through profile, suspended in an ethereal and ambiguous environment. There is a corporeal hint as forms are composed through line and cyclical marks, while conversely the pixels extend a sense of post-human, post-medium and visual complexity driven by data and code, appearing fragile and formative in construct. The abstract and immersive visual still is in a state of temporal media flux, akin to archaeological records employing a genealogical tree of media tools. The spatial enquiry appears to be deteriorating, deleting, reconfiguring or recomposing. Digitised pencil remnants exposing surface encounters mutate into pixel. The work is open to interpretation though began as a visual record of the cyclical surface encounters of field archaeologists' trowelling actions, revealing past landscapes at an iron age archaeological excavation site in Bodfari, North Wales. The term 'phygital' (physical and digital) is appropriated to describe the work, symbolic of today's digital convergence. Through a phygital nexus, non cartesian modes of mapping are employed, allowing for visual reinterpretations of sensory modes of enquiry that seek to extend drawing; authorship; body; surface; material and thinking through digital apparatus. The work is the result of a five year residency with the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford based at Bodfari, North Wales.