Aphasic Archaeology in the Temporal Landscape
showed from March 16–April 6, 2019 in the Art + Landscape STL show in Granite City Art and Design District (IL). 

Curated by Gavin Kroeber

Photo by Meghan Grubb

Photo by Meghan Grubb

The work on the table was conceived and constructed during the weeks just after a brain surgery (January 28th, 2019), affecting functions in the temporal lobe and producing acoustic-mnestic aphasia.

Before being struck by aphasia the artist was interrogating archaeological methods and conducting research about landscape toxicity and remediation. Thus, through broken language, the artist attempted to understand:

The landscape archaeologist—beyond tracing architecture or finding artifact—examines the smallest sample of earth to find out how human populations utilized vast landscapes.

Acoustic-mnestic aphasia, resulting from lesions in the left temporal lobe, marked by difficulty in remembering words and reproducing long sentences.

Landscapes, like bodies, have thresholds of utilization. How well are we able to read the symptoms and signs? How well-equipped are we to discern between treating symptoms and remediating?

In my experience acoustic-mnestic aphasia has resulted in the mixing of words that sound similar, but sometimes the sounds making up a word also slip among associations. Words found through acoustic-mnestic aphasia:

dilution :: delusion
tylenol :: palynol :: archaeol :: carbonol
remediation :: radiation

Each artifact collected from Aphasic Archaeology in the Temporal Landscape will come with a letter of explanation of healthcare coverage for the artist during the development of the work 12/31/2018 to 3/10/19.

To collect artifacts, click the link here and put in the password I shared with you in an email. If you do not have the password, email me at micahstanek(at)gmail(dot)com.