Archaeologist Professor Colin Renfrew talks with artist Cornelia Parker about the increasing convergence between art and archaeology



Both disciplines pose questions about the nature of human activity – in the past, the present and the future. Illuminating parallels exist between the way the modern artist seeks to understand the world by acting upon it, and the way the archaeologist seeks to understand it through the material traces of such actions. These parallel visions of artists and archaeologists form the subject of a new book, Figuring It Out, by Professor Colin Renfrew (Thames & Hudson 2003). Cornelia Parker’s new work, The Kiss, is one of the highlights of Days Like These, the Tate Triennial exhibition.

The event was chaired by art critic Richard Cork.