Belfast Docks

Doris Rohr

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    Abstract

    The theme of urban redundancy is the subtext for a body of work addressing the site-specific locale of the dockland area in Belfast. Using drawing and photo intaglio processes, this body of work aimed to review the industrial past from a subjective perspective. Urban regeneration sometimes suffers from an artificial positive development agenda, at the same time the past becomes romanticized and fixed in meanings. Underlying conceptual concerns in regard to the fabrication of landscape and the role of memory and emotion are philosophically underpinned by writings of Henry Lefevbre, Simon Shama and Edward S Casey.A number of drawings and photo- intaglios have been produced for the research project on Belfast Docks:Belfast Docks (photo intaglio) submitted to 2nd Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition. Peer reviewed selection panel. The artefact was exhibited under birth country of originator (Germany in this case) online http://www.interprint.su.ac.th/inter2/html/directory.html#.i It has also been published in a hard copy exhibition catalogue.This exhibit is linked with other research outcomes, notably a commission to produce a series of drawings and prints investigating the sense of place evident in Belfast Docks as invited artist for RUA: Shipyard I: Towards Drawing Offices (Pencil on Paper, 90 x 107 cm Exhibit No 119) and Shipyard II: From Drawing Offices (Pencil on Paper, 84 x 122 cm Exhibit No 120) were exhibited at 127th Annual Exhibition of Royal Ulster Academy 2008. As the 127th Annual Exhibition of Royal Ulster Academy was held in the Harland and Wolff former Drawing Offices, the exhibited drawings contributed to a site-specific interpretation of the Dockland area. Shipyard I: Towards Drawing Offices has been published in accompanying exhibition catalogue, and has been sold to a private collector. The exhibition selection panel included Rita Duffy, Graham Gingles, Victor Sloan, Daniel Clarke, Dr Suzanne Lyle (Arts Council Northern Ireland). The Arts Council Northern Ireland has subsequently purchased two drawings from this body of work (Acquisition Panel 2010 ): Belfast Harbour: Dockland Dark View and Submerged (Drawing). ACNI acquisition has toured as part of group show: Contemporary Artists from Northern Ireland, Brussels, Brussels Platform: a collaboration between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels designed to showcase local artists on a European stage, 23rd September 2011 - 3rd February 2012.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Keywords

    • industry
    • redundancy
    • landscape
    • drawing
    • print

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