• Found objects, Tate Thames Dig, 1999

Mark Dion is fascinated by the processes and methods by which knowledge is created. In his work he often breaks down the barriers between disciplines – variously referencing archeology, history and natural history.

Dion’s Tate Thames Dig put the activities of the archeologist, the act of collecting and analysing, at the centre of the work.  But Dion calls himself an artist, and the end product has been acquired by Tate and is now in Tate’s collection of artworks.

Is Tate Thames Dig an artwork or is it archeology?

In this audio excerpt, Mark Dion discusses some of the themes and ideas explored in the Tate Thames Dig and in doing so, provides some insights into how he sees the work and how we might approach its intepretation.

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