An award-winning local artist is working with the McGurk’s Bar families to record Echoes at the memorial site.
Artist Sinéad O’Neill-Nicholl is recording the lived experiences of our families for a project called Never the Same, an innovative sound installation at the very site of the explosion in North Queen Street, Belfast. The short recordings, or Echoes, can be accessed by visitors to our memorial.
Never the Same already features 16 short recordings of the families’ personal memories around grief and loss, which visitors can listen to whilst at the McGurk’s Bar memorial. More will be added each month in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the attack on December 4th, 2021.
Never the Same is also an innovative, site-specific project which utilizes modern technology to produce a GPS-activated audio installation.
The focus of the conversations with the artist is the subjects of loss and grief as well as the intergenerational impact of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre which claimed the lives of 15 civilians including 2 children.
All visitors can download the free application, Echoes Explorer, onto their smartphone, and they can listen to each short recording as they move around the memorial. The GPS on their phone will activate each conversation every couple of steps.
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