NAR­RA­TIVES IN SPACE +TIME SO­CI­ETY

DAL­HOUSIE ART GALLERY, HAL­I­FAX Oc­to­ber 12 to De­cem­ber 17

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This Hal­i­fax-based artist col­lec­tive fa­cil­i­tates tech­nol­ogy-as­sisted pub­lic walks. Here, one of its found­ing mem­bers ex­plores the af­ter­math of the Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion on its cen­te­nary.

BAR­BARA LOUNDER: The ini­tial de­bris-þeld pub­lic walks we did in Dart­mouth were along the shore­line op­po­site Ground Zero of the ex­plo­sion, span­ning Tur­tle Grove, the orig­i­nal Miõk­maq site; Tufts Cove, that areaõs set­tler com­mu­nity; and Shan­non Park, an aban­doned mil­i­tary-hous­ing neigh­bour­hood.

We ded­i­cated the next three years to an in­ten­sive, crit­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the zones shaped by the event. Ground Zero is lo­cated where the Irv­ing Ship­yard is now, and where Arc­tic pa­trol ves­sels are made. The de­vel­op­ment of that site over the last 100 years has af­fected the con­tours of the hill lead­ing down to the har­bour, the walls di­vid­ing com­mu­ni­ties, sight­lines, pub­lic ac­cess and other ways we ex­pe­ri­ence the city. The ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture a mu­ral that vis­ually in­ter­prets the de­bris Þeld; a book­work in Braille, rec­og­niz­ing the ex­plo­sion cost many peo­ple their eyesight; and pho­to­graphic doc­u­men­ta­tion of the 60 frag­ments of the SS Mont-blanc, the ship that ex­ploded, with con­tem­po­rary im­ages of the sites where those frag­ments fell, among oth­ers. This work has al­lowed us to learn more about trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ences and land­scapes, and how far-reach­ing rec­on­cil­i­a­tion must be.

Nar­ra­tives in Space+time So­ci­ety Walk­ing the De­bris Field: A Nat­u­ral His­tory 2015 PHOTO ROBERT BEAN

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