Whether a quote from Hannah Arendt, a lyric from a Beatles song, a line from the film Amélie, or a statement by the Hungarian Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész: the quotes by intellectuals, artists and cultural practitioners collected across Europe in early 2020 illustrated the diversity of ideas and languages in Europe.
Based on an idea proposed by Maria Jablonina in a workshop carried out by the architect and engineer Werner Sobek, the installation was first initiated by the Goethe-Institut.
In Belfast the Disappearing Wall was installed on the Titanic Slipways from 21 October until 6 November 2020, inviting everyone from Belfast and beyond to get outside and engage with this public art installation. Commissioned by the Goethe-Institut London, the installation was implemented in collaboration with Belfast-based Catalyst Arts and Urban Scale Interventions. The project was accompanied by four workshops with local artists engaging in different areas of the city and celebrating the diversity of Belfast through stories, shared experiences and collective history.
Workshop Series: Collectivity, Community and Diversity
Looking at possibilities of re-mapping Belfast beyond geography, Catalyst Arts developed and presented a series of engagement workshops inviting Belfastonians to share their lived experiences of Belfast. Four workshops held by professional artists in the Catalyst Arts Gallery and various spaces across the city encouraged participants to think creatively and engage with their surroundings. Throughout the event series every workshop complied with Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings.
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Urban Scale Interventions (USI)
USI support public and private organisations in people centred design innovation taking a holistic and challenge-led approach to tackling issues in the places we live, work and play.