October 15, 2016, 9:30 – 19:00
Artium, Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain
Proklama 8 is part of a program of workshops and events organized by Artium and Azala Espazioa
A public symposium coordinated by the artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum, on the implications of exhibiting the original artefacts from the polemical archaeological discovery of Iruña-Veleia, in a Museum of Contemporary Art.
These so-called ostraca, inscribed with what was alleged to be the earliest recorded writing in the Basque language, have never been exhibited in public as a result of the enormous controversy that ensued when they were declared false by a committee of experts from the University of Basque Country. They are currently under custody of Bibat, the archaeological museum of Alava, pending legal verdict on the question whether fraud has been committed.
The artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum have formally submitted a loan application for these objects to the Basque Government in order to have them displayed in Artium, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Vitoria-Gasteiz. This would require a physical displacement of only 300 meters, yet produce a radical change in discursive context. In anticipation of the final decision by the authorities, the artists have invited several guests to reflect on the hypothetical collaboration between the two museums. The symposium has been devised as an encounter between artistic, scientific and political sensibilities. Each contributor will present a perspective on the archaeological evidence that moves beyond the false-authentic binary, and invites us to reflect on the implication of the public in the institutional processes that determine the fate of their own material culture.