Long Kesh: A Slow Release Process

Aisling O'Beirn, Martin Krenn

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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
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
Number of pages0
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 10 Sept 2017
EventCritical Heritages and Reflexive Europeanisation | TRACES-CoHERE Mid-Term Seminar - Berlin Wall Memorial – Bernauer Str. 119 (corner with Gartenstrasse), 13355 Berlin, Germany
Duration: 10 Sept 2017 → …


ConferenceCritical Heritages and Reflexive Europeanisation | TRACES-CoHERE Mid-Term Seminar
Period10/09/17 → …


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