Splicing Time

This project was about human traces, and how these were evoked and recorded in different ways. Inspired by travels funded by Leverhulme, my work investigated Roman sculpture, architecture and the Roman Campagna. The locations visited were pinpointed within the historical maps of Lazio and ’spliced’ with a contemporary map of the same terrain. Old and new photographs are visible side by side accompanied by new visions. Flying cloths pretend to evoke spirits of the past, flitting like moths caught in the moment, the camera eye trapping the glimpsed mutable form.

The antique maps are by cartographers Giovanni Battista Cingolani della Pergola, c. 1740, and Giacomo Filippo Ameti Romano, 1693 and a third of Rome itself by Pietro Ruga, 1824, all from the British School at Rome – see map below. The interactive maps within the microsite were coordinated in collaboration with the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, (CASA), UCL by Dr Duncan Hay and Siyuan Ma, MA. Liz Rideal’s images are available as digital ink jet prints on Hahnemühle paper, A2 size (42 x 59 cm).

Leverhulme Fellowship – Splicing Time in Rome and the Roman Campagna, 2016-17
Further research web links
www.bsrdigitalcollections.it
www.blogs.ucl.ac.uk
www.leverhulme.ac.uk Two in the Campagna by Robert Browning 
www.poetryfoundation.org

Specifically Italy and the Roman Campagna:
www.davidrumsey.com

Interesting 18th century traveler information:
www.romeartlover.it

Grand Tour Travellers, Source: A Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in Italy, 1701-1800, ed. John Ingamells from the Brinsley Ford Archive (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997)
www.republicofletters.stanford.edu

The arch at Malborghetto
www.soprintendenzaspecialeroma.it

Pontine Marshes: The Canadian Centre for Architecture
www.cca.qc.ca

Agricultural workers hut:
www.scielo.br

Rome and the Campagna: Splicing Time by Liz Rideal

Marble and silk by Alexander Massouras

Claude Lorrain & La Crescenza by Lisa Beaven

Map of the Agro Romano by Cingolani della Pergola

A map of the Pontine Marshes

Thanks to the following who supported the project:

The Leverhulme Foundation
Dr. Duncan Hay and Siyuan Ma, CASA Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
All at the British School at Rome including former Directors Andrew Wallace-Hadrill and Christopher Smith, current Director Stephen Milner and Deputy Director Valerie Scott.
The Slade School of Fine Art
UCL Art Museum
Dr. Lisa Beavan, Melbourne University
Dr. Sue Russell
Thom Driver (g e t o f f t h e w e b)
Professor Gill Perry
Vivien Lovell, Director at Modus Operandi Art Consultants, Chair of the Faculty of Fine Art, BSR
Kim Sloan, British Museum
Professor Paul Hills
Professor John Mullan

On the road:
Dr. Robert Hearn, Assistant Professor in Cultural and Historical Geography Nottingham University
Robert Whytehead, former Regional Archaeologist, Greater London, English Heritage
Michael Helston
Stefano Francocci, Direttore Museo Civico di Nepi
Daniel Roger, Conservateur en chef, Musée du Louvre
Patricio in Velletri
Lorenzo in Cerveteri
Gino in Fallierii Nova
Andrea Venier, Ministry of Cultural Heritage in Malborghetto
Giovanni the watermelon engineer near Fondi Franco, the curator-keeper at Itri castle

Rome and the Campagna Romana – over 50 sites visited. In alphabetical order:
Albano, Anzio, Arco di Malborghetto, Aricia: church dell’Assunta by Bernini, Porta Romana, Chigi Villa, Bassano Romano, Blera: Cava Buia and tombs, Borghetto, Capranica: Via Cassia, Vicus Matrini, Caprarola: Villa Farnese, Cervara, Cerveteri, Civita Castellana: Rocca castle designed by Sangallo, Civitavecchia, Corchiano: Centiano St.Bruna, Oasi WWF Pian Sant’Angelo, Corchiano Forre, Falerii Novi, Fondi: via Monte S.Biagnio, Castello Caetani, Terme di Fundi, salita di S.Andrea, Itri: Sant’Angelo hill , Crocodile Tower, Ladispoli: Torre Flavia, Lago Albano, Lago di Nemi, Lunghezza , Monastero San Vincenzo, Monterano: Antica and the Solfatara, Monte Soracte, Nepi, Nettuno, Ninfa, Ostia Antica, Pietra Pertusa, Ponte della Mola, Ponte Lupo, Ponte S.Antonio, Salone , San Felice Circeo: Torre Paola ,Torre Cervia, Torre Fico, Torre Victoria and Torre Olevola., Santa Marinella, Santa Severa, Sperlonga: Tiberius’s Grotto and museum, Sutri, Tarquinia: Palazzo Vitelleschi, and tombs., Terracina: Porta Romana, Arco Quadrifronte, Pisco Montano, Temple of Jupiter Anxur, Tivoli: Ponte Lucano, Villa Adriana, Vejano , Velletri: Torre del Trivio, Palazzo Comunale, and tower in wall. Vetralla, Via Appia Antica > Villa Quintile, Via Flamminia, Via Prenestina : Temple of Juno.

Image credits: Pietra Pertusa, this site near the Arch of Malborghetto was visited by archaeologists, Thomas Ashby (1874-1931), Rodolfo Amedeo Lanciani (1847-1929) and Peter Paul, Mackey (1851-1935). Black and white photographs c. British School at Rome.

Hand-coloured prints of Cervara Quarry Caves – said to be the location for the leprosy cave scene in Ben Hur.