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.

“Public Geographies of the Halifax Explosion” was the first of several public walking art events organized by NiS+TS from 2014 through to 2017, the centenary of the Explosion. NiS+TS engaged this series of walks 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.

Please view this short video of the event, “Narratives in Space + Time Society: December 6, 2014” edited by Yalitsa Riden.

For more information on this walk, including an itinerary, please view this brochure given to participants at the start of the walk.

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