SPACE SHUTTLE - Six urban projects. July 2006 - February 2007

SPACE-SHUTTLE is a multifunctional, creative box, a scaled down replica of PS² project space. This easy to assemble/ dismantle module will be sent into 'orbit' to outside locations in Belfast and possibily further, where it will be temporarily used as a working platform for interdisciplinary artist groups and community organisations and initiatives. At various stages SPACE-SHUTTLE will be brought back to PS², to be exhibited with all its scars/damages, discoveries and project documentation. It will then be reconditioned and launched again.
For more information please see project web site

Launch exhibition:             11 - 19August 2006
Opening:                               Thursday 10 August 2006, 7-9pm
Location:                                Lower Garfield Street and PS² 18 Donegall Street  
Opening hours:                    Tues-Sat 12am-5pm

Mission One
22 - 29 August 2006: Donegall Pass 
‘Pass Odyssey
, Call Centre Collective- Saoirse Higgins, Aoife
Ludlow, Emma McClintock, Ruth Morrow, Doris Rohr.        
The interdisciplinary group of artists, designers and architects from Interface, University of Ulster, work with young people and residents of Donegall Pass. Using the shuttle as a multifunctional stage, the group initiates a series of events and provocative multi-media activities that use the environment as their theme; spatial explorations with and for the community.

Mission Two
31 August–16 September 2006: Titanic Quarter

Episode 306: Dallas, Belfast’, Sarah Browne/Gareth Kennedy.
“The future is entertainment, and entertainment becomes the future”.

In a collaboration, the two artists turn the interior of the shuttle into a film set.  Together with a group of people selected by invitation and open audition, they make a film based on a fictional script of the 1980s TV show Dallas, investigating issues of development, prosperity and choice in the context of Belfast’s ongoing regeneration.

Mission Three
18 September - 05 October 2006: North Street/ Waring Street
'some things about belfast (or so i’m told)', Aisling O’Beirn.
Dealing in her work with urban myths and a personal approach of mapping a city, Aisling O’Beirn uses the shuttle as an unofficial transmitter and receiver of informal, unofficial contemporary information about Belfast. Visitors can check out and add to a selection of hand drawn maps, urban anecdotes and nicknames, transforming the shuttle into a local/ private ‘tourist information’ for exchange and dialogue, like a two-way information booth.

Mission Four
9 - 19 October 2006: Blackstaff Square

‘ 7 by 7  a game by Siraj Izhar and the Health & Wealth syndicate, Siraj Izhar.
'Health & Wealth' 
All around the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel,
The monkey thought 'twas all in fun.
Pop! Goes the weasel.

A penny for a spool of thread,
A penny for a needle.
That's the way the money goes,
Pop! Goes the weasel.

Establishing a National Lottery syndicate on site, where everyone could be a member, '7by7' was a complex game, combining permutations of emotional values and personal/public space with the49 numbers of the Lottery. A playful and scientific approach which links the National Lottery with urban, social and economic values. A mythic, utopian fable about basic social and economic realities, which feeds on the aspirations of its peoples, spinning and winning hearts and minds, confusing past and future.....

Mission Five
23 October- 02 November 2006: Dublin Road/Shaftesbury Square 

Mobile apartment, adjust to suit your specific needs. Now on view on Dublin Road/ Shaftesbury Square. Desirable location, intersecting the cultural and economic hub of Belfast.  Spectacular views overlooking a variety of High Street shops, banks, restaurants, public artworks, traffic island, furnished with benches and trees……
With the promotion of Belfast as with Dublin and other cities bidding to become the desirable cultural and economic centre, Mick O’Kelly converts the shuttle to a mobile unit/apartment, where the selling point is the buyer, who can choose their desired location. 

Mission Six
19 - 30 March 2007: St. Aidan’s Christian Brothers Primary School, Belfast

 H.I. (Humans Identified), Amy Russell in partnership with Barnardo’s.
Community Organisations. As experts in direct community actions, the charity organization Barnardo’s together with the artist Amy Russell are invited, to open up the ‘art’ field and to challenge the topic of social intervention. This will allow SPACE SHUTTLE, to question and expand the boundaries of ‘art in a social context’ and the subject of ‘social engagement’ in art.

SPACE SHUTTLE- Discoveries
27 April - 05 May 2007
: Royal Avenue
PS² and shuttle at Royal Avenue/North Street; presentation of all projects, edited work and launch of publication.


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