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Allan Hughes, Neutral States, 2011, still from a color video, 6 minutes 22 seconds. From the series “Neutral States,” 2011–.

Allan Hughes

Belltable Arts Centre

Allan Hughes, Neutral States, 2011, still from a color video, 6 minutes 22 seconds. From the series “Neutral States,” 2011–.

The process of “demilitarization” has been a protracted one in post-conflict Northern Ireland. Army bases have been demolished, observation towers have been disassembled; but, here and there, the architecture of security and surveillance is still awkwardly visible. At the margins of the changing landscape, certain obscure military structures remain, retaining their aura of secretive authority.

Such an outpost forms the subject of the six photographs, The Listening Station (post-production), 2009, and video installation, The Listening Station I, 2008, that comprise “The Listening Station,” 2008–2009, by the Belfast-based artist Allan Hughes. These works offer fragmentary views of a British Army communications complex at the moment of its imminent obsolescence. Rather than collating images that suggest a steady wind-down, Hughes establishes a fretfully wound-up perspective on these

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