NARRATIVES IN SPACE +TIME SOCIETY
DALHOUSIE ART GALLERY, HALIFAX October 12 to December 17
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