A film about memory and material culture in Thessaly, Greece. It is centered on a journey undertaken by two local men, a visual anthropologist, and two cinematographers. The men drove from the plain of Thessaly to the ‘National Resistance Museum’ in Rentina, hoping to find anything related to the biographies of the local men’s siblings, which were lost during the Greek Civil War. The film explores the complex entanglement between browsing the landscape, and remembering local and global histories. ‘Dowsing the Past’ also investigates the dynamics of ethnographic encounter that emerged in the meeting between young Athenian urbanites and senior local men in Thessaly.
Konstantinos Kalantzis is a social anthropologist (PhD UCL 2010) specializing in visual and material culture. He has received scholarships from various institutes (including the Seeger Centre for Hellenic Studies at Princeton and the AHRC). He has published in refereed journals and edited volumes. He is currently working as a researcher in a programme run by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and also works for a Greek museum that is under construction.