Exhibition: Signs of our Time
Thursday 6 December - Friday 14 February
Tracing the history of signwriting in Belfast over its venerable history, Signs of our Time the medium through a lens of class, community and commerce. Project participants will display a range of material gathered and produced over the 12-week programme, including sketches, photographs and examples of handpainted signage that they have produced. Time-lapse film and audio recordings featuring master signpainters will also chart the development, decline and subsequent resurgence of the medium in recent years. Join us for mince pies and liquid refreshment for Late Night Art from 6pm.
We're also developing a website alongside the practical programme. We're inviting you to submit your images of handwritten or 'ghost' signs to this archive, where they'll be credited to you and added to a map of signs that characterise our urban landscape. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to contribute your images. You can also follow the project and submit images via Instagram and Twitter. You can read more about the project here. This project is made possible through funding from Heritage Lottery Fund.
So What? Tuesday 8 January 2019, 6pm
Odd One Out
Architecture and Migration
Odd One Out is a Masters dissertation group supervised by Dr Gul Kacmaz Erk, programme director of BSc Architecture at Queen's University. The group focuses on architecture and migration. Group members:
Forced migration is a global crisis, and architectural needs of refugees and asylum seekers for sustainable co-habitation are yet to be addressed. The group explores ways of engaging with this new minority group to understand and identify the role of architecture and public space in their lives, focusing on urban integration and inclusion. They also investigate the role of refugee camps, ranging from a single building to satellite towns. In this presentation, they will talk about:
. Architecture of Asylum: Ireland’s Direct Provision Centres
. Architects of Revolution: Urban Activism, Asylum Seekers, and the Politics of Fear in the UK
. Newcomer Adaptions within a Diverse Community: Architecture Solutions in Canada
. Refugee Camps: Permanent Cities in the Making? (Zaatari, Jordan)
. Shelter to House to Home: The Role of the Architect in Humanitarian Relief (Japan)
Odd One Out has entered the IdeA Design and Policy Competition: Place and Displacement: Integrating Refugee Populations within Cities, with a design proposal for Nairobi, Kenya and is awarded honourable mention, 2018 www.idevelopment.us
Dr Dave Loder
Decolonising Land Reclamation: Disentangling the Proto-geology of Belfast City Harbour
Dr Dave Loder is an artist-researcher and thinker of geophilosophy, a philosophy of materialism and the planetary. His artistic research practice includes monument making, composing (non)scalar procedures, and fabricating tools and apparatus for embodied processes. Dave is a lecturer in the School of Design at the Glasgow School of Art.
The City and Port of Belfast evolved artificially, a product and producer of Western industrialisation. The trajectory to become a leading industrial city of the British Empire was secured through an extensive project of reclaiming land from Belfast Lough, beginning in the early 1600s, to lay down a manmade land surface with a current area of over 21,000 acres. Contextualised by the recent discourse of the Anthropocene (and Capitalocene), under which the human is designated with a geological agency, the project of land reclamation gains a particular significance.
On the surface, the proto-geology that actualised the development of Belfast is entangled with the global complex of capitalism and colonisation. Equally, the stratified entirety of the land reclamation can be posited a ‘hyperobject’ (Morton 2015), a vast object distributed across and by time and space. But under the enterprise of decolonisation, how might this monumental landscape be (re)considered and what might such an impetus of decolonisation ‘reclaim’?
This paper will introduce an artistic research project that has been initiated to explore these questions and more. This project will investigate the conditions of materialism occupied by Belfast Harbour’s land reclamation from the position of decoloniality, proposing to dis-entangle the complex temporalities of this proto-geology. The anticipation of this practice-based research is the instrumentalisation of alternative temporalities, reconfiguring the material conditions of the manmade geology through artworks and strategies of intervention, and contextualised under the category of the monument. Such practices of the decolonisation of time gain particular significance with the upcoming centenary of Northern Ireland in 2021.
So What? Call for abstracts
Deadline extended! New deadline: 11 January 2019