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In advance of the construction of the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, archaeologists carried out standard excavations and recovered many 1000s of artifacts and features. Fifty-four boxes of artifacts deemed by the authorities to be of no cultural or historic value (in their terms “ineligible”) were signed over the Doug Bailey at San Francisco State University. In collaboration with Portuguese sculptor Sara Navarro, Doug has sent out over 80 assemblages of artifacts to artists, archaeologists, cultural producers, and creators with the basic art/archaeology instructions: disarticulate the objects from their archaeological contexts; repurpose those objects as if they were raw materials and then make new creative work with them; and make that work so that disrupts or engages a current issue or challenge of political or social focus.

The creative work produced will feature on this website, and a selection will be installed in April 2020 at the International Museum for Contemporary Sculpture in Santo Tirso (Portugal) as part of the exhibition Creative (un)makings: Disruptions in Art/Archaeology that Doug and Sara will co-curate.

For details about the disarticulate-repurpose-disrupt methodology and logic, see DW Bailey 2017 Disarticulate – repurpose – disrupt: art/archaeology. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 27(4): 691-701.

For more information about the International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture in Santo Tirso follow this link:

For information about Sara Navarro’s work click here:

Work in progress

Some contributors are posting their work in-progress.

Fiona Harvey: