The Infinite City Live Episode Podcast: Summer Season 2019 Episode 1: Aisling O'Beirn and Garrett Carr

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This live episode was the closing event of Open House Belfast in Oct 2018, an architecture festival organised by PLACE that invites the public inside the city’s best buildings, engineering projects and artists’ studios. The podcast took the form of a discussion, in the Sonic Lab at Queen’s University, hosted by PLACE with people who have studied the city (both Belfast and cities more broadly) to talk about urbanism in Belfast and beyond. The four guest interviewees, included the writer Darran Anderson and the architect Agustina Martire, (episode 2). In episode 1 Aisling O’Beirn discusses her artistic work on the politics of place through site-specific projects in Belfast, and writer Garrett Carr, author of The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border, tells us about his experience making maps in the edgelands and subverting official mapped spaces. Plus, a reading by the writer Eunice Yeates and a performance by Mark McCambridge, who makes music as Arborist. Recorded live at Sonic Lab, SARC, Cloreen Park Sunday 21 Oct, 5pm as part of Open House, Belfast International Arts Festival The Infinite City Summer Season 2019 Episode 1: Aisling O'Beirn and Garrett Carr Producers and Hosts: Rebekah McCabe and Conor McCafferty Guests: Eunice Yeates, Aisling O'Beirn, Garrett Carr, Mark McCambridge (Arborist) Event Team: Maggie McKeever, Stuart Gray, Caroline Magowan, Amelie Pollet, Maria Postanogova, Jenny Stewart, Gerard Tinney Photography: Simon Mills SARC Technical Team: Dave Bird, Craig Jackson This live episode was made possible thanks to the support of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Arts & Business NI, British Council and Belfast International Arts Festival.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2019
Event Belfast International Arts Festival: Open House - SARC, Belfast
Duration: 19 Oct 201821 Oct 2018


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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.


  • Infinite City
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