Upcoming Events and Exhibitions
Familiar Places: The Green Drones
By Matilde Meireles
Launching Thursday 18 April, 6pm
Continues until Friday 31 May
The Green Drones is an iteration of X Marks the Spot, a durational and multifaceted site-specific project (2013-ongoing). X Marks the Spot attempts to transform sound mapping into a shared experience of the city. It presents an alternative and augmented cartography of Belfast.
The project’s tagging process invited participants to navigate the city by listening out for the drones produced by a number of the city’s telecommunication boxes. Participants eavesdropped on the liminal sounds, and focussed on micro events brought about by these ordinary objects. The often utilitarian and hierarchic way one navigates the city was challenged through this process. Once tagged and recorded, the telecommunication boxes were added to the project’s web archive, promoting a relational and subjective approach to the city’s fabric. More information about the process and the overall project can be found at xmsbelfast.com.
The Green Drones is a physical edition that compiles some of the recordings captured during X Marks the Spot in a series of cards and a sound composition (CD-R). The cards display the visual tagging process (a systematic approach informed by the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher) that creates a photographic inventory of the telecommunication boxes, while the sound composition explores the sonic textures, timbres and dynamics that characterise the telecommunication boxes. The composition draws from a library of materials, captured over five years, and sets them in close dialogue with recent field recordings of Belfast’s sonic environment.
The drones are an integral part of X Marks the Spot, but seven of the tagged boxes recently fell silent – they stopped producing their continuous sound. Instead of being removed from the project these boxes are acknowledged as part of the flow and lifecycle of the city, and are highlighted in white in this edition.
This exhibition was made possible thanks to a SIAP grant (Support for the Individual Artist Programme) from Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Farset Feirste – A Typeface for Belfast
By John McMillan
LAUNCHING: Thursday 2 May, 6pm
CONTINUES: until Friday 24 May
Belfast’s historic tiled street signage is immediately familiar to the city’s residents and visitors alike as a representation of the city’s unique character. Originally hand-made with poured clays as white capitals on black tiles during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the signs were first commissioned by the Belfast Corporation for use on major thoroughfares.
The exhibition traces how John McMillan, Emeritus Professor of Graphic Design at Ulster University and a Belfast resident, took the lettering and developed it into a functioning typeface then translated this into a corresponding gaelic typeform that would afford bilingual usage and a shared ownership by our citizens.
Programmed as part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.
So What? Making Research Public
So What? is a monthly forum held throughout the academic year. It provides a platform for research students, academic staff, and recent graduates to present their work in a new setting, build new connections, and improve academic transparency. It's open to all disciplines with an interest in Northern Ireland, planning, architecture, space, society, and the built environment.