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Site_Seal_Gesture is a collaboration between archaeologist Lia Wei and cultural geographer Rupert Griffiths. As well as our disciplinary perspectives, we are also both artists with a background in architecture. Our work is a series of correspondences between the practices, tools and technics of these multiple perspectives, creating geographical, archaeological and architectural imaginaries of site and landscape, materiality and dwelling.

Lia Wei is an art historian and archaeologist, focusing on epigraphy and rock-cut architecture.

She was brought to academic research through the practice of calligraphy, landscape painting and seal carving in China.

Her last collaboration was ‘Biface Graphy’, with Professor Zhang Qiang, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, a contemporary ink painting project mixing performance and ‘Open Scroll’ installations.


Rupert Griffiths is a cultural geographer, focusing on the imaginaries of wastelands and urban wilds.

He came to geography through a background in architecture and as an artist working with the conditions of boundary and margin in city, landscape and dwelling.


Recent collaborative project are as co-organiser of Uncanny Landscapes with Dr James Thurgill, Royal Holloway University of London.

and  ‘HotelGeopolitics’ with Dr Sara Fregonese, University of Birmingham.

Site_Seal_Gesture is our contribution to Public Archaeology 2015.

Through Site_Seal_Gesture, we construct trajectories between our many journeys to the forts, bunkers and sounds mirrors in and around London:

SITE Agents host guest
Projectiles outgoing incoming
Landscape ruins river/sea/sky
SEAL Contract (tally) Party 1 Party 2
Inscription matrix print
Object mountain paper
GESTURE Duo Lia Rupert
Method fieldwork trajectories
Outcome Publicarchaeology2015

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