32 Eyes

Archaeology and the Subjective Gaze


  • Anna S. Beck Museum Southeast Denmark
  • Tim Flohr Sørensen University of Copenhagen The Saxo Institute




Subjectivity, fieldwork, abandonment, the archaeological record, contemporaneity, multitemporality


The two photo essays that follow and the complementary 14 photographic narratives in the online gallery (available at https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/jca-4-1-online-gallery/) are compiled with the aim of reflecting on the various gazes that are part of the archaeology of the contemporary. The photo essays are based on different premises: while Anna Beck grounds her reflections on repeated explorations of Holmegaard Glassworks in the Summer and Autumn of 2016, Tim Sørensen's contribution is based on two strategically superficial visits to the locale. The 14 photographic narratives in the online gallery derive from a two-hour visit to Holmegaard in the beginning of November 2016.


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Author Biographies

Anna S. Beck, Museum Southeast Denmark

Anna S. Beck is an archaeologist and a curator at Museum Southeast Denmark. At the moment, she is finishing her PhD at Aarhus University. Through her work runs a deep interest in exploring and developing the intersection between academic theory-based archaeology and archaeological practice in the field, finding ways to bridge the gap that often emerges between the two.

Tim Flohr Sørensen, University of Copenhagen The Saxo Institute

Tim Flohr Sørensen is an archaeologist, and an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen. His main research interests are contemporary archaeology and archaeological theory. His current research focuses on processes of ruination and the unfinished, and central epistemological challenges to archaeology, such as absence, fragmentation, vagueness and tracelessness.


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How to Cite

Beck, A. S., & Sørensen, T. F. (2017). 32 Eyes: Archaeology and the Subjective Gaze. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 4(1), 131–152. https://doi.org/10.1558/jca.32519



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