sophie van der sman

Tracing Traces

Within archaeology, traces of humanity are found which are decades old. They tell something about the way we used to live. These traces are often found in fossils, preserving tracks and trails of organisms. Fossils have been at one spot for a long time, but are there opposing to that, momentary traces? Fossils that contain traces that just exist for a specific time at one spot and then are being erased by the organism that placed it there in the first place?

By adopting an archaeological methodology to archive, time code and reconstruct every object that appears on a specific spot, in this case on a table, I try to visualise and understand these ephemeral traces.

1:1 images are placed back onto the table in the order they appeared, but are not taken away, therefore, creating a big stack of momentary fossils.