Walking the Debris Field: Public Geographies of the Halifax Explosion (December 6, 2014)

The Halifax Explosion of December 6, 1917 reverberates as a definitive moment around which powerful themes of destruction and reconstruction, urbanism and community continue to circulate.

From 2014 through to 2017, as the centenary of the Explosion approaches, NiS+TS will engage in a series of public walking events designed to explore the ways in which the disaster, the ensuing relief efforts and the reconstruction continue to shape us.

This December 6, 2014 walk in Richmond, the Halifax neighbourhood most severely devastated by the explosion, featured real-time performative events. An experience in the present, the walk mapped narratives and artifacts from the past. By using mobile devices, participants added their own traces to the record of the 1917 disaster.

There is a short video of this event: Walking the Debris Field.

This NiS+TS project received support through Arts Nova Scotia.