Resounding Rivers

Opened 6th May 2010, closing 5th June 2010. In conjunction with PLACE Built Environment Centre and Belfast City Council.

Sound installation to be heard outside of: Place, Fountain Street; Kellys Cellar, Bank Street; Bittles Bar, Victoria Street; Cloth Ear, Waring Street; Waterfront Hall, Lanyon Place and BBC, Ormeau Avenue.

Installations active between 09:30 and 17:30 everyday except Thursdays when the works run until 21:00.

Belfast’s forgotten rivers, waterways and associated industries have been given a renewed presence within the city. Six sound installations have been assembled at six different sites across the city. Each installation can be heard out in the street, presented as an enhancement of the everyday sound space. Each site has been selected because it is situated upon, or by, the previous route of one of Belfast’s three central rivers. Two of these rivers, the Farset and Blackstaff, no longer flow over ground, they are constricted to large pipes running beneath the city. The third river, the Lagan, is still a prominent feature in Belfast but was once much wider. Through deepening the Lagan’s channel, a great deal of land has been reclaimed and built upon.

The sound presented by each installation is a reimagining of what the city’s buried and constricted rivers, and waterways might once have sounded like. Each of the six sites would have had a different relationship with it’s respective water source and this is reflected in the delivered sound. In order to achieve the reimaging, locations in Northern Ireland with similar water features to those previously in Belfast have been visited, recorded and re-released into Belfast’s sound space.

A printed copy of the map can be ascertained at either PLACE or the hosting venues. A PDF version of this map can be found here.

Project conception, audio production and installation by Matt Green.
Graphic design and video installation by Ryan O’Reilly.
Advice and guidance by Ruairí Ó Baoill.

PLACE: http://www.place.uk.net/en/exhibitions-events/2009/03/07/main-gallery/resounding-rivers/
BBC article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8651644.stm
Culture NI article: http://www.culturenorthernireland.org/article.aspx?art_id=3275

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