Summer Season 2019 – Episode 1: Aisling O'Beirn and Garrett Carr

Jul 10, 2019, 03:00 PM

Part one of our first live episode, with writer Aisling O'Beirn and writer Garrett Carr. We talk maps, edgelands, placenames and much more...

This week, to kick off a special Summer Season we’re excited to share a two-part live episode.

In October 2018, Rebekah and Conor invited four special guests to join them for the first live episode of The Infinite City podcast, recorded in front of an audience at the Sonic Lab in Belfast.

This live episode was the closing event of Open House Belfast, an architecture festival organised by PLACE that invites the public inside the city’s best buildings, engineering projects and artists’ studios. After a weekend of building tours, site visits, talks and artist performances, it was great to sit down with people who have studied the city (both Belfast and cities more broadly) to talk about urbanism in Belfast and beyond.

Our venue was the amazing Sonic Lab at Queen’s University. We had four guest interviewees, including the writer Darran Anderson and the architect Agustina Martire, both of whom who you’ll hear in part 2. But first, in this episode, Aisling O’Beirn discusses her artistic work on the politics of place through site-specific projects in Belfast, and writer Garrett Carr, author of The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border, tells us about his experience making maps in the edgelands and subverting official mapped spaces. Plus, a reading by the writer Eunice Yeates and a performance by Mark McCambridge, who makes music as Arborist.

The Infinite City is a project by PLACE. Our Summer Season 2019 is supported by Belfast City Council.