Exchange Mechanism,

Belfast Exposed, Belfast (2010)

Over eight weeks, Belfast Exposed will operate as an alternative political space, where visitors encounter set works, complicated by ‘disruptions’.  The intention is to present visitors with the opportunity to engage with ideas; explain, interpret and respond to the work in as many ways as possible, in the context of political debate and multiple channels of exchange:  artist, viewer, art; public, politics, ideas; visitor, city, gallery. Simultaneously functioning as a debating chamber, an installation of esoteric and popular media and an archive display, Exchange Mechanism seeks to challenge the abstraction of spontaneous public, political and artistic encounters from everyday life. All who actively participate within Exchange Mechanism will be awarded a medal.