MA Mikko Ijäs will defend his dissertation Fragments of the Hunt. Persistence Hunting, Tracking and Prehistoric Art. on Thursday 1. June 2017.
10:00 – 11:20 The Finnish Premier of the Origins-Movie. (Duration 74 minutes)
12:00 Defence : Fragments of the Hunt : Persistence Hunting, Tracking and Prehistoric Art.
Opponent: PhD, prof. Daniel Lieberman, Harvard University
Custos: prof. Kevin Tavin, Aalto University Department of Art
The discussion will be in English.
Address: U2-Hall, Otakaari 1M U-wing, Otaniemi, 02150, Espoo
Two million years ago, our ancestors were running down antelope on the African savanna. Instead of relying on complex weaponry, they relied on endurance and they chased their prey until it died. This process often derailed the hunters’ consciousness into transformation hallucinations. Studying the last hunter-gatherers of the Kalahari Ijäs was able to establish a connection between the hallucinations, trance ceremonies, and the imagery depicted in rock art.
Ijäs claims that some of the earliest examples of visual depictions could be explained through the experiences of the persistence hunters. Ijäs has titled the visible evidence as the ‘fragments of the hunt´, which are not just depictions of hunting, but allegories, such as adoration of the animal’s grace, transformation imagery, depictions of tracks, and images of running people.
In this multidisciplinary thesis Ijäs covers several fields of inquiry including psychology, archaeology, art history, ethnography and paleoanthropology.
A documentary film related to the dissertation and titled “The Origins” produced by Mikko Ijäs and Maija Kaunismaa (74 minutes) will be presented in the Hall U2 at 10 am. The viewing is open to the public.