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Freelab 2017: Nightlighting

Oct. 10, 2017

NiS+TS worked with students from the Dalhousie Faculty of Architecture and Planning (and NSCAD University), in a design/build Freelab in July- August 2017. This is the third summer we have worked with Freelab students; our first group worked with us in 2014 (and produced the XYZ Marker), and the 2016 group worked on the Psychogeographer’s… Read More

Difficult Knowledge

Oct. 10, 2017

In April, NiS+TS members walked in the Turtle Grove area of Dartmouth with visiting professors and students who are working on a research project called Difficult Knowledge in Public. The researchers are considering ways in which traumatic events and histories, such as residential schools, the Holocaust, and the Halifax Explosion can be addressed in museums… Read More

Dartmouth Relief Commission House Visit

Jan. 30, 2017

NiS+TS presented several informal research walks early in 2017. The first was a visit to a Relief Commission house in central Dartmouth on Sunday February 5. This Ross and MacDonald house on Hawthorne Street has recently been granted Heritage designation. Maura Donovan, who has participated in several other NiS+TS events, hosted the group. The house was built… Read More

December 6 Commemoration Ceremony

Nov. 13, 2016

Photograph taken at Turtle Grove by Joseph S. Rogers, ca.1871. NS Archives neg.no.1029/418 Join Catherine Martin of Millbrook and NiS+TS on the morning of December 6, 2016 for a ceremony commemorating the Mi’kmaq community of Turtle Grove. This will mark the 99th year since the community was destroyed in the Halifax Explosion of 1917. The… Read More

Walking the Debris Field of the Halifax Explosion: Towards Pier 6

Nov. 13, 2016

On Sunday December 4, 2016, NiS+TS will present “Walking the Debris Field: Towards Pier 6”, a public art/ walking event in the area of Halifax closest to Ground Zero. It will start at 1pm at Veith House (3115 Veith Street), and conclude at approximately 3pm on Jarvis Lane in Mulgrave Park. “Towards Pier 6” marks the… Read More

Towards Explosion 2017

Oct. 2, 2016

NiS+TS members Barbara Lounder, Robert Bean and Mary Elizabeth Luka successfully secured funding through the Connections program of SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) to hold a two-day symposium, “Towards Explosion 2017”, this Fall. The event will bring together a group of 25 invited scholars, historians, artists and community activists to workshop… Read More

Locating the Mont-Blanc fragments in today’s city

Oct. 2, 2016

NiS+TS member Barbara Lounder was recently awarded a research grant through the Nova Scotia Museum Commemoration Grant Program. Along with NiS+TS colleagues and student research assistants, and with guidance from staff at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (MMA), she will be working on “Locating the Mont-Blanc fragments in today’s city”. The MMA has 57 fragments from… Read More

Public Walk: Downhill from Here – September 2016

Sep. 1, 2016

On Sunday, September 18, please join us for a downhill walk in central Halifax. Commissioned by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as part of Terroir: A Nova Scotia Retrospective, Narratives in Space + Time Society will creatively engage participants in the ambivalences of Halifax history, as captured in the survey. Meet us at the entrance… Read More

Workshop: European Network of Living Labs – August 2016

Aug. 30, 2016

On Friday, August 26, three NiS+TS members (Robert Bean, Barbara Lounder, Mary Elizabeth Luka) co-hosted a collaborative workshop at the annual conference of the European Network of Living Labs, held at Concordia University. Our co-hosts were three members (David Madden, Constance Lafontaine, Kim Sawchuk) of the ACT Project (ageing + communication + technology) project. Like… Read More

Freelab: NiS+TS and Dalhousie Architecture – July 2016

Jul. 24, 2016

NiS+TS has been working with students from Dalhousie University’s School of Architecture this summer. Under the direction of NiS+TS member and Dalhousie Architecture faculty member Brian Lilley, students in a design studio class worked on projects related to the revitalization of Fort Needham Memorial Park earlier this summer. A second group in a design-build Freelab course… Read More

Presentation: Hypertext Conference – July 2016

Jul. 11, 2016

On July 10, 2016, NiS+TS member Mary Elizabeth Luka presented the collaborative work of NiS+TS at an international conference held at Dalhousie and NSCAD University. Several other artists were involved in presenting current work at NSCAD, including David Clark, Jan Peacock, Anthony Black from 2b Theatre, and Ken Schwartz from Two Planks & A Passion. The… Read More

Video: December 6, 2015 Public Walk

Jun. 15, 2016

On December 6, 2015, the 98th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, NiS+TS conducted Walking the Debris Field – A Natural History, for more than 100 people. It was an incredible experience to have so many people come out to share stories, explore aged trees with Peter Duinker, listen to Catherine Martin tell the story of… Read More

Research Walk: May 15, 2016

May. 20, 2016

On May 16, NiS+TS conducted an informal research walk, “Pennies from Hell,” with about 15 people. We started out at the XYZ marker in the community gardens behind Devonshire Arena, checked out the black rain debris on Roome Street, and explored some sites down by the waterfront, including the shipyard. We are looking forward to hearing… Read More

Presentation: Contemporary Narratives – April 2016

May. 10, 2016

  On April 29, 2016, Mary Elizabeth Luka, one of the NiS+TS members, delivered a talk on the recent work of the group to an international invite-only symposium held in Montreal:   Contemporary Narratives: Screens, Media and Documents   This was an opportunity to compare notes about similar projects and initiatives around the world, particularly… Read More

Video: April 18, 2015 Public Walk

May. 1, 2016

On Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 1 p.m., Narratives in Space+Time Society (NiS+TS) conducted another popular public walk, attracting more than 75 people to the event. Starting at the historic marker in front of Veith House (3115 Veith Street in Halifax) the walk ended near Windsor Street and Chebucto Road approximately two hours later, taking participants… Read More

Research Walk: April 10, 2016

Apr. 15, 2016

NiS+TS members have been doing research walks in areas close to the Halifax harbour throughout the winter. Here is a GPS track, along with some images from a walk we did on April 10, 2016 through the empty parking lots between the Casino and the Irving Shipyard. The area near the footing for the MacDonald Bridge… Read More

Video: December 6, 2014 Public Walk

Mar. 1, 2016

NiS+TS has produced a video of one of its first public art walking events Public Geographies of the Halifax Explosion, which took place on December 6, 2014. Check out the video that resulted from that walk: Many thanks to our event collaborators and participants, and to video editor Yalitsa Riden.

Recognition: Nova Scotia House of Assembly – December 2015

Jan. 15, 2016

    We are very pleased to have our work recognized in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. The Honourable Maureen MacDonald tabled Resolution No. 2785,  acknowledging our December 6, 2015 event, Walking the Debris Field: A Natural History. Maureen MacDonald represents Halifax Needham, and her constituency office is in Veith House, built in 1921 to… Read More

Public Walk: A Natural History – December 2015

Dec. 10, 2015

NiS+TS walked the debris field of the Halifax Explosion on Sunday December 6, 2015, along with over 100 participants and collaborators. This public art event marked the 98th year since the disaster. We considered the flora, fauna, terrain and people affected by the Explosion. Please see A Natural History for more photographs and other information.

Public Walk: Public Geographies of the Halifax Explosion – December 2014

Jan. 24, 2015

In December 2014, we conducted our first significant public art walk concerning the Halifax Explosion of December 6, 1917, Public Geographies of the Halifax Explosion, involving more than 50 people. There are photographs, a video, and a Facebook page with lots more details from the event.

Presentation: Urban Encounters – October 2013

Jan. 1, 2015

In October 2013, Brian Lilley, Robert Bean and Mary Elizabeth Luka of NiS+TS participated in the Halifax colloquium Urban Encounters: Art and the Public, where we presented our group’s experiences and images from the mobile media workshop we conducted with 75 people at the Montréal Hippodrome as part of the May 2013 international conference Differential Mobilities… Read More