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Long Kesh: A Slow Release Process

O'Beirn, Aisling and Krenn, Martin (2017) Long Kesh: A Slow Release Process. In: Critical Heritages and Reflexive Europeanisation | TRACES-CoHERE Mid-Term Seminar, Berlin Wall Memorial – Bernauer Str. 119 (corner with Gartenstrasse), 13355 Berlin, Germany. TRACES - CoHERE. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

This presentation focuses on ‘Transforming Long Kesh/Maze’ a collaborative social sculpture by artists Martin Krenn and Aisling O’Beirn, exploring the future of the Maze/Long Kesh site beyond its current state of limbo. The former prison has both a physical presence and conceptual importance. Indecision about its future at government level says much about the political climate of a ‘post-conflict’ society. Given this, the artists are interested in how one can think beyond the site’s legacy and to its future.The artists worked with individuals who have had first-hand experience of the prison such as ex-prisoners, former visitors, ex-prison staff and community museums to collaboratively photograph existing prison artefacts or to co-create unique small sculptural objects to reflect their personal experiences of this site. Techniques for creating the new objects include methods traditionally used in making prison art.The project is part of Traces, a three-year project funded in 2016 by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. Ulster University is a partner in the Traces project. http://www.traces.polimi.it

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:Long Kesh Maze Contentious Cultural Heritage
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Space and Place
Art and Design Research Institute
ID Code:39585
Deposited By: Ms Aisling O'Beirn
Deposited On:19 Feb 2018 09:36
Last Modified:19 Feb 2018 09:36

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