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Ben Hartley

Throughout this project I have been interested in the way that history can mystify objects. The everyday objects of the present, become the ancient artefacts of the future that historians will desperately try to decipher. A ceremonial tool? An ancient weapon? To us, they are simply nothing more than a throwaway kitchen utensil. A contemporary analogy for the underground cities of Cappadocia resides in the underground commuter rail networks that reside beneath our sprawling metropolises will eventually become the subterranean artefacts of the future. “Contemporary Subterranean Artefacts” is a video work that explores these anthropological signifiers of our current era through the eyes of a digital posthuman society somewhere in the distant future.