part of the Belfast International Arts Festival
Europa Hotel, Belfast
Nov. 11 - 25, 1995
The site chosen for this video installation is the lobby of the Europa Hotel in Belfast, once the most bombed hotel in Europe, and now residence of most foreign press. The hotel is described in the advance publicity as a testament to "the city as an international success after so many years of being knocked back by the Northern Ireland troubles. The Europa Hotel epitomises this era and acts as a paradigm both locally and internationally for Belfast. Its success reflects the continued and consistent efforts of business, the entertainment and art world to present Belfast as its best with its ability to reach for and achieve goals against all odds".
The installation consists of two 21" t.v. monitors with two VHS auto-reverse, auto-rewind playback decks, with separate headsets to allow for audio playback. The tapes will be played continuously for 14 hours a day for two weeks.
Elspeth Sage (Canada)
These projects are part of an ongoing series of international cultural
exchanges between On Edge (Vancouver), Locus + (Newcastle) and Flax Art
Funding : Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Arts Council of England; B. C.
Cultural Services; B. C. Public Gaming Commission; Canada Council Exhibition
Assistance; Catalyst Arts and Northern Arts. A very special thanks to the
Europa Hotel, Belfast.