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Milk, Confetti, Erratics: A stratigraphic Survey of the Belfast ’Peacelines’

Kreider, Kristen and O’Leary, James. 2018. Milk, Confetti, Erratics: A stratigraphic Survey of the Belfast ’Peacelines’. In: , ed. Minor Fieldwork: Ecology, Embodiment and Aesthetics in the Field. Berlin: Sternberg Press. [Book Section] (Forthcoming)

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In 1904, as part of the Memoirs of the Geological Survey of Ireland, geologists Lamplugh et al wrote a paper called ‘The Geology of the Country around Belfast’ where they surveyed the glacial drifts and other superficial deposits around the city, organising this cartographical information into a ‘Table of Formations’. In 2017, The Belfast Interface Project published ‘Interface Barriers, Peacelines and Defensive Architecture’, where they systematically catalogue each ‘peacewall’, barrier, fence and gate used to separate and contain Nationalist and Unionist communities in Northern Ireland. In the conceptual and material space between these two documents, we construct a matrix of artifacts, agents, designs and policy related to the fields of conflict, territory and desire operating in the zones surveyed by these publications with a view to gaining an ‘understanding of the mutating condition they call ‘The Interface’.

Physically, The Interface comprises 13 different wall clusters or ‘peacelines’ situated throughout Belfast. Specifically designed to respond to an evolving set of local actions, events and spaces of conflict, the wall clusters both demarcate a territorial condition and form a backdrop for the performance of expressions of cultural identity. Over many years, the areas around each wall cluster have accumulated deposits and debris, forming a unique and local archive in space and time; A geographical, historical, psychological and emotional ‘field’. In order to catalogue this archive, to survey this field, we draw from a technique called ‘stratigraphy’: the branch of Geology concerned with the order and relative position of strata and their relationship to the geological and historical timescale. Utilising drawing, video, mapping and writing, we separate and identify one micro-context from another, constructing a case for a ‘congregational understanding of agency’ (Bennet, 2010) related to the assemblage called ‘The Interface’.

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Northern Ireland, Belfast, Peace lines

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October 2018Accepted

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09 Nov 2018 11:21

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14 Nov 2018 09:21


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