We are pleased to be able to offer several workshops at the conference, which will be run by facilitators from a variety of backgrounds and subject areas. Delegates will be able to attend one of the workshops during the afternoon of second day of the conference. More information will be provided in the delegate packs.
Memorialisation: Intentional, Invisible, Informal & Discrete
Facilitators: Tony Hack and Judith Thomson
Affiliation: Wiltshire Medieval Graffiti Survey
Target Audience: Anyone interested in creative drawing, informal historical inscriptions, and digital techniques.
Following on and learning from our initial workshop at SSSB in 2017 we will be targeting specific memorialisation of an informal nature.
Many are familiar with formal and often grandiose memorials within churches, official buildings & graveyards. This workshop focuses upon more informal inscriptions that have a deliberate but often hidden memorial function.
It will also consider how first-hand inscriptions become a memorial, the recent upsurge in interest in Ancestry and the ability to access literary information on past family members provides a removed sense of connection. To find an inscription identifiable to an individual particularly at a certain period in their life provides a more tangible & an emotive connection.
Using a PowerPoint presentation, we will present and encourage discussion on the value of the informal memorial using inscribed examples from Medieval & post-Medieval contexts. To supplement this, we will present the findings of Anzac graffiti from WW1 where the intention of leaving a mark has turned into a lasting, personal memorial.
We will also demonstrate recording techniques and after debuting the creative drawing workshop at SSSB 2017 will encourage attendees to create their own memorial on a purpose-built scratchboard using either influence from the presentation or a design of their own. We considered this an engaging addition to the workshop as it allowed further discussion in a relaxed manner.
Objectives will include an understanding of the need for informal memorials and how study can reveal more about past social behaviour. It will offer an appreciation of how function may change from simple intent to an emotive tribute.
Nature Morte: chiaroscuro bone drawing
Facilitators: Lisa Temple-Cox
Affiliation: Artist / Independent Researcher
In this workshop I propose to demonstrate and enable drawing from a still life of bones and skulls using compressed and homemade charcoal on board. The still life will be lit using directional lighting, to give high contrast between the lit and shadowed areas. Chiaroscuro (light-and-shade) is a Renaissance technique that uses strong and dramatic tonal contrasts for describing three-dimensional forms to great effect. Charcoal is an excellent medium for drawing bones, with its joint qualities of softness (for shadow) and crisp line for details. Drawing on mounting board additionally gives you the ability to work back into the drawing with erasers, scalpels and sandpaper. This building up and cutting back of the tone means that the work can be built up to layers of rich, dark shadow, and finished to quite a high degree of detail. It is useful and dramatic for drawing skulls, particularly those that are imperfect, as you can create both smooth areas and reproduce bone textures and features such as striations, fissures, sutures and fossae.
This is a technique that can be mastered in even a short session, by participants of all abilities, even those that have never drawn. Beginners are very welcome!
Warning: This session will include the use of human and animal remains.
Balancing Commemoration and Commercialization: The Intersections of Death and Mass Tourism
Facilitators: Vincent Jacot
Affiliation: Esterofila Heritage
Structures and spaces that were once created solely for local commemorative purposes; such as memorials, cemeteries, monuments, museums, and heritage sites; have increasingly become the subject of tourist activity. This activity has become so ubiquitous that the term dark tourism was coined to describe this phenomenon. Due to the increased popularity of this activity, stakeholders the world over are developing these commemorative sites with tourism in mind. The elements of these tourism products are primarily influenced by the circumstances surrounding the death featured in the attraction, and its temporal dimension. In some cases, these sites will add kitschier entertainment based elements, seemingly trivializing the dead and contradicting the original purpose of these sites, which should be collective memorialization. As the dark tourism phenomenon becomes more common, and these elements become normalized, the ways in which we memorialize historically significant death will be greatly impacted. Along with an overview of dark tourism, this workshop will explore the issues related to the intermingling of death and tourism by examining how tourism has impacted the memorialization of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic and the Battle of the Alamo. It will conclude with a consideration on the future of this activity and how it may further influence our perceptions on death and memorialization. Using the visitor experiences of the audience to launch into the wider discussion on this activity, the workshop would conclude with a survey of the various resources travellers have when searching for this activity, and (dependent upon group size) how they can turn a local death related site into a tourist attraction.