Bentz Høgseth, Norway
"Harald Bentz Høgseth"
Date: October 21, 2005
Subject: [sw-l] NORWAY Full Body Writing for Research Project
Dear Valerie and SW List Members!
Of course I will give you a short description and the purpose
Valerie: I'm doing my research work at The Norwegian University
of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. For the moment
the title of my project is: “The craftsman’s language”.
My study focuses on the language of craftsmanship lodged in archaeological
timber and extant wooden buildings in Norway. Craftsmanship is
embodied knowledge where a sense of direction is an essential
feature. The aim of this study will be to find ways to capture
and translate this into an academic format. My intention is to
develop a “common language” or a “notation map”
for artisans and archaeologists like the “musicians note”
or the “dancer’s notation system”. In that way
we can experiment with, and reconstruct the knowledge and the
body gestures behind the working processes throughout the artisan’s
signatures lodged in the timbers. This is an important supplement
to the written sources and the existing traditional knowledge.
The knowledge behind the signatures will in this way be more available.
It is absolutely necessary to connect analysis of the signatures
with analyses of artisan’s movability and theories of notation.
An example; Norwegian fishermen have up to 200 different words
for waves, designating their shape, strength and behavior. Similarly,
carpenters have a rich vocabulary who describes their methods.
Only part of that has been transmitted into verbal form. Other
parts are less easily verbalized. The form, tool marks and timbers
of wooden buildings hold what may be termed craftsmen’s
signatures. To read them it is necessary to understand the movements
and perceptions of space of that govern the crafts that produced
them. Dance and music are performing arts that each has writing
systems that allow descriptions of movements and sounds: choreography
or dance notation, and musical notes. Each of these signs holds
meanings that are immediately understood by the performer, and
by the informed audience. Craftspeople also have forms of notation
systems. Academics have begun creating notation systems to describe
craftsmanship in an academic format, designating tool marks, using
annotated video films as referencing tools, and exploring dance
notation, film script and the navigation of space. My study aims
to establish a theory and a method that allows us to record tool
marks and develop a system of signs that make the knowledge and
the language behind them available for a broader public. This
is essential for the creation of a discourse concerning tool marks
as another language. Cheers, Harald
På vegne av Valerie Sutton
Sendt: 21. oktober 2005 18:10
Emne: Re: [sw-l] NORWAY Full Body Writing for Research Project
October 21, 2005
SW List Members:
Harald's research project is fascinating. It is related to writing
Full Body movement, documenting the movements of the body, when
people build churches and do other carpentry work...also related
to historic work on how carpentry and timber work was done in Norway
of craftsman Hans Marumsrud.