Experimental reconstructions and ethnographic methods are used as a means to study material culture, artisanal practices and art technologies of the pre-modern period and the practice of reconstruction research. This is an inherently collaborative approach, including a diversity of research methods, combining hands-on research in the laboratory with object-based, and text-based historical research.
My research focuses on methodological questions concerning the reconstruction of historical experience and embodied knowledge, close readings of recipes in their original language and translations. In the postdoctoral projects at Columbia University (2014-2016) and at Utrecht University (2016-today), I also developed a keen interest in digital humanities tools and digital environments for international collaborations. Within the ARTECHNE project, the focus is on artistic technique as codified in art technological how-to texts, in particular on 19th-century editions and their making, which are still in use in today’s conservation and research labs.
This postdoctoral research is part of the ERC-funded project ARTECHNE.