Artefact expo: The Prehistory of the Image

Artefact expo: The Prehistory of the Image

13 - 23 februari 2014

Artefact is an arts festival focusing on (visual) culture, current affairs and scientific challenges. This year's exhibition's central theme is The Prehistory of the Image, taking the Paleo Camera Obscura Theory (PCOT) by the American artist Matt Gatton as a guide to study the ori- gins of art. Within paleontology, the study of life in past geological records, there are several theories that attempt to explain how ‘early’ art was made. According to these scientists, cave drawings such as Lascaux in France served as gateways to other worlds, were used as part of rituals or gave narrative clues to people.


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