Oltre il Carcere: Riflessioni sulle tracce dei resti del carcere di Long Kesh/Maze nell’Irlanda del Nord

Translated title of the contribution: SQUARING THE CIRCLE : Some thoughts on tracing the remains of the Long Kesh/Maze prison in Northern Ireland

Aisling O'Beirn, Martin Krenn

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Various contributers to address the use of former prisons through architectural, political, cultural and judicial lenses. Krenn & O’ Beirn's contribution consists of a photo essay of their project 'Transforming Long Kesh Maze' in light of addressing the former prison's inaccessibility and architectural concerns raised by the book.
Translated title of the contributionSQUARING THE CIRCLE : Some thoughts on tracing the remains of the Long Kesh/Maze prison in Northern Ireland
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationPatrimony Inattesi
Subtitle of host publicationRiusare per Valorizzare Ex-carceri, Pratiche e Progetti per un Patrimonio Difficile
EditorsFrancesca Lanz
Place of PublicationMilan
PublisherLettera Ventidue Milano
Pages137 - 166
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)ISBN 978-88-6242-310-6
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2018

Bibliographical note

Aisling O’Beirn, born 1968, is an artist based in Belfast and an Associate Lecturer in Sculpture at Ulster University. Her work is interdisciplinary and explores the relationship between politics and place, uncovering the tensions between disparate forms of official and unofficial information. She examines space and place as physical structures and political entities by making and animating forms relating to observed and theoretical structures being studied by contemporary astronomers and physicists. Her work also questions how people process and understand both scientific and political developments. Her work takes various forms, including sculpture, installation, animations and site-specific projects depending on the context. Dialogue is key to her practice, which has been facilitated by Armagh Observatory, Dunsink Observatory and The Centre for Astronomy NUIG, Galway. O’Beirn has exhibited nationally and internationally. She was included in Northern Ireland’s first participation in the 51st Venice Biennale and was shortlisted for the MAC International prize in 2018. Her work manifests variously as sculpture, installation, animation and site-specific projects.

Martin Krenn, born 1970, is an artist, artistic researcher and curator who teaches at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He works with various types of media, especially text, photography, and video. Most of his work in public space takes the form of social sculpture. His key area of interest lies in the strained relationships between art and society. By consistently expanding the field of art, he tries to initiate discussions about sociopolitical topics and challenge conventional thinking. His work has been shown at numerous international exhibitions and festivals. Krenn holds an M.A. (Mag. art.) from the University of Applied Arts Vienna. In 2011, Krenn received the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Scholarship at the University of Ulster in Belfast (UK) for his PhD research in the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment and was awarded a PhD by Ulster University in 2016. In 2017, Krenn was awarded the Venia Docendi in “Art and Communication Practices” at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.


  • Long Kesh/ Maze
  • Former Prison


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