art/archaeology is a call for an undefined space beyond the boundaries both of archaeology and of art where people have room to talk, think, discuss, and, most especially, make creative work that goes beyond what is expected within archaeology.
art/archaeology seeks stimulation and work that goes beyond the current boundaries of archaeological thinking, writing, speaking, teaching, and publication.
art/archaeology explores and exploits the potential that comes from juxtaposing disparate methods, materials, media, processes, concepts, debates, and contexts of art and of archaeology.
art/archaeology seeks new relationships between art and archaeology, where those relations lead to original and provocative creation.
art/archaeology encourages the disarticulation of artifacts from their pasts and from their statuses and contexts as objects from the past.
art/archaeology encourages the re-purposing of artifacts (thus disarticulated) for the creation of new works.
art/archaeology encourages the use of work (thus created) to disrupt existing discussions of and approaches to social and political challenges of our times.
art/archaeology, while recognizing the aesthetic value of all work that brings artists and archaeologists together, urges contributors, creators, and experimenters to push beyond the standard ways in which art and archaeology have previously comingled.
art/archaeology is not the interpretation, categorization, periodization, or other derivative treatment of prehistoric, ancient, historic, industrial or other art works or artefacts.
art/archaeology is not an invitation for archaeologists to pretend to be artists, nor is it one for artists to play at being archaeologists.
art/archaeology is the desire to let go of the limitations of traditionally defined academic or gallery-based work.
art/archaeology enjoys the iconoclastic and the ludic, and sees no need to justify work of either type.
art/archaeology relishes work unaccompanied by caption or explanation, and which asks the spectator and audience to be follow their subjective response, reaction, and experience.
art/archaeology does not respect institutional, promotional, or other systems commonly used to rank work and other output for the purposes of institutional funding or “league-tabling”.
art/archaeologist does not respect the forced schedules or logics of publication or of making of work that rests at the core the tenure-track (and other similar) processes.
art/archaeology is inclusive of participants and of their creative works.
art/archaeology does not enjoy defining itself.