Dropped: History in the Breaking

A beautiful pot is dropped and broken. As an archaeologist reconstructs it, she pieces together a picture of the potter who made it. Structured like a murder-mystery, this innovative film begs the question: What of the soul of the maker resides in the found object? And can the science of archaeology ever make sense of the mysteries of art?

Syann van Niftrik and Zan Barberton are a mother and daughter team. Syann is a sculptor, curator and jewellary maker, of some renown in her field. This film was part of a time-based-installation (the other part being the reconstructed pot) which was itself the culmination of project Syann engaged in working with UK craftspeople and Archaeologists at Southampton University.

Shot by Coraci Ruiz and Zan Barberton, edited by Scott Radnor