Transforming Maze / Long Kesh Conference, MAC, Belfast

15 March 2017, 10am to 6.30pm
MAC Belfast | Metropolitan Arts Centre, 10 Exchange St, Belfast

Conference: Transforming Maze / Long Kesh

Transforming Maze / Long Kesh is a one-day conference about the challenges of dealing with contentious heritage, with focus on the former prison Maze / Long Kesh.

The conference addresses the possibilities Arts and Architecture can offer to productive debate and new forms of engagement with such a site. Local and International speakers will discuss artistic, archaeological and ethnographic approaches from a broader perspective that could be used to investigate contentious heritage such as the Maze / Long Kesh site.

9:30 am Registration


10:00 am “TRACES: An Agonistic Approach to Contentious Cultural Heritage”, Marion Hamm, Klaus Schönberger

10:30 am “Relationships as Methodological Artistic Elements”, Tal Adler

11:00 am Questions, comments

11.10 am – 11.20 am BREAK


11:20 am “Transforming Maze / Long Kesh”, Martin Krenn & Aisling O’Beirn

11:50 am “Some thoughts on the material culture of imprisonment at Long Kesh / Maze”, Laura McAtackney

12:30 pm Questions / Comments

12:40 pm “Prison Arts Foundation”, Fred Caulfield

1:10 pm Panel discussion moderated by Laura McAtackney

1:40 pm – 3.00 pm LUNCH


3:00 pm “Participatory and Activist Art on the Neoliberal Stage”, Suzana Milevska, theorist and curator

3:40 pm “The Architecture of Memory”, Christina Varvia

4:20 pm 4.30 pm Questions, comments

4:30 pm 4:50 pm BREAK

4:50 pm Keynote: “The Social Value of Art: Drawing from Dewey”, Mary Jane Jacob

5:50 pm Questions, comments

6:30 pm End of conference

Marion Hamm / Klaus Schönberger – TRACES: An Agonistic Approach to Contentious Cultural Heritage

Tal Adler – Relationships as Methodological Artistic Elements

Martin Krenn, Aisling O’Beirn – Transforming Maze / Long Kesh.

Laura McAtackney – Some thoughts on the material culture of imprisonment at Long Kesh / Maze

Fred Caulfield – Prison Arts Foundation

Suzana Milevska – Participatory and Activist Art on the Neoliberal Stage

Christina Varvia – The Architecture of Memory

Mary Jane Jacob – The Social Value of Art: Drawing from Dewey

The conference and the art project concerning the Maze / Long Kesh site, are both part of TRACES, a three-year project funded in 2016 by the European Commission as part of Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation.
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With thanks to Development Arts and Culture, Ulster University

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