Space Shuttle, located on North St.
shot, Space Shuttle
A selection of Belfast nicknames
things about belfast: (or
so i’m told) 2006
space shuttle: mission 3
North St Belfast 18th Sept - 5th Oct
curated by peter mescheler
as part of ospace shuttle
Space Shuttle was
a multifunctional structure, a scaled replica of PS2 project space
in Donegall Street, Belfast. Approx.12m2 internally, this portacabin
type module was sent into ‘orbit’ for six missions,
each at significant locations in Belfast. For up to two weeks,
interdisciplinary artists/initiatives and (community) organizations
used the device as a platform for urban creativity and social
For my project, 'Some Things About Belfast (or so I'm told)', 'Mission
3', I used the Shuttle as both a transmitter and receiver of vernacular
information about Belfast. It provided an opportunity to share
expand and amend my research into vernacular Belfast. I installed
elements from my ongoing collection of Belfast nicknames and hand
drawn maps inside the Shuttle. Outside a digiboard relayed a new
Belfast urban myth daily, whilst the Shuttle was gradually clad
in posters, which told and illustrated these urban myths.
The Shuttle had the appearance of an unofficial tourist office
/ unorthodox site office. Visitors were served coffee and tea from
Belfast story mugs and had the opportunity to peruse my collection
and make their own amendments and addition. In the space of 2 weeks
I met many peopleI collected another 60 Belfast place nicknames
and many more anecdotes.
scroll with new nicknames added on 'postits'
'dogs on the street' poster
There is a Belfast expression which says 'even the dogs on
the street know it'. It is used in political contexts to reference
something that is common knowledge at street level. Dogs as
pets are a domestic favourite in the city.