Ormeau Park Bandstand
Description of chosen placeCurrently the bandstand at Ormeau Park is (apparently?) completely unused. It is a small circular bandstand/elevated platform, about 2/3 steps off the ground (.75-1m), surrounding the exterior of the concrete platform is a railing which is covered in many layers of peeling paint. The roof of the structure is a large, actually quite irregular, dome/circus top which is now blue. Surrounding the bandstand is a significant paved area which has around four park benches, and a purpose-built chess table with chairs. This area is slightly off one of the longer walking routes around the park and seems often abandoned/ignored.
What do you imagine the space could be?The distance between each of the supporting beams which reaches from pavement to roof is quite wide, I had always imagined large LED screen panels supported between each of these gaps. By placing a panel between each of the gaps, facing outward (and also maybe inward) it would create a very vivid spectacle with a large audience-base in the park. Could work really well for a kind of unorthodox video/film art installation/exhibition combining several lens-based artists' work. This could be pushed further by installing lighting and sound equipment inside the structure (potentially above the structure inside the roof area) this could make a very interesting immersive exhibition/viewing area for experimental sound work, videography, documented and live performance art, lighting etc. Multi-purpose, ephemeral, custom-built and also not, expandable, disposable… Urban, public, exhibitionist, and also closed-off, immersive, spectacle…
A potential venue for: a performance biennale, a meeting point, an immersive VR show, an educational screening/viewing room, a place to encounter, a place to accidentally stumble upon, a place to ponder alone, a place to vandalise and loiter, a place to hold an impromptu race, a place to stand out of the rain, a place to un-forget and install an exciting temporary exhibition resource for Belfast's (very) underrepresented digital art community and then deinstall and re-forget.
Submitted byReuben Brown
February 19, 2023