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« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2008, 10:39:00 am »

Mataha-expedition team

The Mataha-expedition is a project of joint forces, which would not been possible without the initial and encouraging support of Zahi Hawass, the president of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. The scan-project is coordinated and funded by Louis De Cordier, and realized by the Nriag with the support of Ghent University/Kunst-Zicht.


Supreme Council of Antiquities

The Mataha-expedition was personally granted to take place by Dr. Zahi Hawass,
the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. The SCA is part of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture and is responsible for the conservation, protection and regulation of all antiquities and archaeological excavations in Egypt.

Dr. Zahi Hawass has since longtime been forcefully working to realize the preservation of the Hawara Pyramid and necropolis. With encouraging support Dr. Zahi Hawass gave his permission to conduct the geophysic research of the Hawara Necropolis in order to prepare for preservation works, and to map the archaeological underground. The research was helpfully supervised by SCA councillor Prof. Dr. Moustafa Kamel El-Ghamrawy (Faculty of Engineering, Azhar University, Cairo) and supported by SCA councillor Prof. Dr. Alaaeldin Shaheen (dean Faculty of Archaeology Cairo University), who already started in July 2008 with the first renovations works at Hawara.



The Mataha cooperation with Ghent University was personally encouraged by the president of the National Research institute of Astronomy and Geophysics Prof. Dr. Salah M. Mahmoud and Dr. El-Said Ahmed Al-Sayed (apllied & environmental geophysics). The Mataha geophysic research is realized by the geophysicists of the NRIAG under the general direction of Associate Prof. dr. Abbas Mohammed Abbas (member of the Egyptian committee of the protection of antiquities from environmental effects). The National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) is one of the oldest scientific institutions in Egypt. It was founded in Boulac (Cairo) in 1839 as an Astronomical Observatory. In 1865, it was transferred to Abbassia (Cairo). Finally, it was transferred to its current location (Helwan) in 1903. From that time up till now and along this time span of more than a century NRIAG has witnessed large developments and expansion phases in several disciplines such as Astronomy, Space research, Solar Research, Seismology, Geomagnetism, Geoelectric, Geothermal, Gravimetry, Geodesy, Geodynamics, and recently Crustal Movements. Nowadays NRIAG plays an important application role in the national development plan of Egypt.


Ghent University/Kunst-Zicht

Specially for the Mataha-expedition, Ghent University established a partnership with the NRIAG to corporate the geophysic scanning at Hawara. Ghent University has bundled a wide range of international partnerships, in which the cooperation with the NRIAG is framed. The Ghent University started the involvement in the geophysical survey to contribute to the preservation of the antiquities at Hawara and to support the contemporary art& science project by Louis De Cordier, framing in the new cross-bordering approach of the Ghent University Kunst-Zicht unit, directed by curator Guy Bovyn (Ghent University Department of Communication, curator Contemporary Art Ghent University; coordinator of the postgraduate program 'Exhibition and Conservation of Contemporary Art'). Ghent University is one of the most important institutions of higher education and research in Europe, with a worldwide high scientific & innovative reputation. Ghent University yearly attracts over 30,000 students, with a foreign student population of over 2,200 EU and non-EU citizens. Ghent University offers a broad range of study programs in all academic and scientific branches. With a view to corporate in research and community service, numerous research groups, centers and institutes have been founded over the years. Ghent University distinguishes itself as a socially committed and pluralistic university in a broad international perspective. At the basis of all education and research lie curiosity and ambition. Both on the regional and international level Ghent University has developed an extensive network, which is extended year by year. Ghent University wants its students and researchers to push frontiers. Curious and ambitious people shape the future world. A philosophy that was encouraged last year in the Ghent University publicity campaign with the slogan: "Dare to think" (Durf denken). Many thanks to Prof. Dr. Paul Van Cauwenberge (Rector Ghent University),  Prof. dr. Morgan De Dapper (Department of Geography, unit morphology & geo-archaeology), Prof. dr. Frank Vermeulen (Department of Archaeology), Guy Bovyn (Department of Communication, Ghent University curator Contemporary Art Ghent University; coordinator of the postgraduate program 'Exhibition and Conservation of Contemporary Art'), Prof. Dr. Peter Vandenabeele (Ghent University, Department of Archaeology and ancient history of Europe), Prof. Dr. Johan Braeckman (Ghent University, Department of Philosophy), Kaat Van de Velde (communication), Tom De Smedt (communication), Karen Wulgaert (apprentice).


Louis De Cordier

Contemporary artist Louis De Cordier is the expedition coordinator. The vision of the Mataha-expedition is seen by Louis De Cordier as an early foray of a holistic movement to enable research and innovation through the cooperation of varied art & science disciplines. Devoted to the preservation and investigation of Egyptian antiquities, he started the project with a series of private lectures, funding the project with the sale profits of the Golden Sun Disk. A timepiece designed by Louis De Cordier to ignite the global fire of comprehensive awareness and awakening. An opener of ways to meditate about our human condition and the destiny of our species. The record incorporates sacred geometry, earth sciences and astronomy. Its message reflects the state of Man, broken free, wandering endlessly around in an ever-changing space. The sculpture is a place for rest, a sacred instrument for moving through this dynamic and chaotic spacetime. The Golden Sun Disk, an archaeological artifact of the future, is an expression of artistic and technological creation and a symbol of human-scaled introspection. In the eventuality of the fall of civilization, the design of the time piece conceals the power and hope to transmit its content to very distant generations. For more info about his works and projects see >
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