Become an archaeologist at interactive London exhibition
In a nod to Islington’s real and mythical past, American artist Goode will create a lost world at James Freeman Gallery of archaelogical artifacts and items 'discovered' in the London borough.
Goode discovered that in medieval times, Islington and North London were considered to be an unknown wilderness where mythical beasts roamed freely, the notion romanticised through the telling of fairytales and folklore. There have also been various claims of findings dating back to Roman times around Islington, two tombstones thought to be from the Roman period were later debunked.
Visitors will be encouraged to help Goode sift through artefacts excavated from the depths of the gallery dating back to the imagined ancient Aurora-Rhoman civilisation. Guests of all ages are encouraged to join in the research by handling not so ancient artifacts in the gallery, “identifying” them and then adding their newly discovered treasures to the exhibition.
Goode imagines that prehistoric evidence may be found within the gallery, including the remains of paleolithic animals known to have lived there, and recreational events, like a rodeo, occurring as a result of so many strange beasts gathered together, such as mammoths, woolly rhinos, and huge hippos.
The artist will be leading the on-going excavation and is displaying many of the artifacts found at the Islington Site to the public for the first time alongside the dig at James Freeman Gallery. These include the carved mammoth tusk, suits of armour, golden chimerical sculptures, and paintings that possess attributes of objects found in the medieval period of London and late 20th century American pop culture.
James Freeman Gallery, 354 Upper Street, Islington London N1 0PD; website.