Beacon Project

The Liminal Archive - 1

by Isioma Mafiana & James Forren

“The Liminal Archive” seeks to share sounds, texts, and images of recent African Nova Scotian heritage in the Halifax downtown core through an audio / visual installation(s) connected to a web platform. The specific format of the archive seeks to be developed through a collaborative creative process with African Nova Scotian youth.

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Rising property values and accelerated construction are quickly erasing the presence of African Nova Scotian stories, places, and people in the downtown. This leaves the living heritage of Halifax’s Black culture caught between a rich and vibrant, if neglected past, and rapidly changing future. As a partial corrective, “The Liminal Archive” seeks to share sounds, texts, and images of recent African Nova Scotian heritage in the Halifax downtown core through a visual collage installation(s). The specific format of the archive seeks to be developed through a collaborative creative process with African Nova Scotian youth.

Recent research by the applicants has brought together information and artifacts of African Nova Scotian heritage in Halifax’s North End and Downtown core (see support material). However, “The Liminal Archive” provides the opportunity to share data with the city. The applicants are also engaged in an ongoing youth education collaboration with Business Is Jammin’, an African Nova Scotian Youth entrepreneurship and education organization. “The Liminal Archive” provides the opportunity to work with youth in determining how this information could possibly be shared.

The purpose is to develop a temporary installation in Halifax's downtown that shines a light on the Afro-Nova Scotian Heritage of recent past. A further goal is to provide learning opportunities in art and design for African Nova Scotian youth; and to connect these youth with recent African Nova Scotian histories in the city center. Another goal is to digitally preserve recent African Nova Scotian artifacts. The exact form and execution of the project is intended to be developed over the course of a youth workshop co-run with Business is Jammin.

Artists and Collaborators
Isioma Mafiana is a Master’s of Architecture candidate at the Dalhousie University School of Architecture whose thesis is the design for a Black Cultural Center on Gottingen Street. James Forren is Isioma’s thesis advisor and an Associate Professor of Architecture at Dalhousie University. With the BIJ, James and Isioma organize the SoA’s Experiences in Architecture program, which provides African Nova Scotian youth with an experience of the day-in-the-life of a Dalhousie Architecture students. Matthew Martel is the Chief Operating Officer at the Black Business Initiative, which operates Business is Jammin’ (BIJ). Matthew has provided verbal support of the project, pending review of the final proposal. On Isioma’s thesis committee is Crystal Mulder, Branch Supervisor of the Dartmouth North Public Library. Although we have not yet had the chance to discuss the project with Crystal we are hoping to include library archival material in the work. We will seek to follow up with letters of support confirming BIJ and Crystal’s support of the project.

Wednesday, October 13th Saturday, October 16th
12:00 AM until 12:00 AM
Add to Calendar 10/13/2021 12:00 AM 10/16/2021 12:00 AM America/Halifax The Liminal Archive - 1

“The Liminal Archive” seeks to share sounds, texts, and images of recent African Nova Scotian heritage in the Halifax downtown core through an audio / visual installation(s) connected to a web platform. The specific format of the archive seeks to be developed through a collaborative creative process with African Nova Scotian youth.

5440 Spring Garden Rd
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Location

Halifax Central Library (front courtyard)

5440 Spring Garden Rd

Wheelchair accessible - Fully accessible