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Johanna Billing, I’m gonna live anyhow until I die, 2012, HD video, color, sound, 16 minutes 29 seconds.

Johanna Billing

MAC

Johanna Billing, I’m gonna live anyhow until I die, 2012, HD video, color, sound, 16 minutes 29 seconds.

The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) is an important new architectural presence in Belfast, standing out starkly against the undistinguished design of other recent additions to the city’s fabric. While parts of the building pay redbrick tribute to Belfast’s Victorian heritage, the imposing granite-and-glass facade is ardently alien, staging an exciting contrast with the pallid neoclassical pastiche of surrounding developments. Will the appearance of such an architecturally bold exhibition venue in this city center in transition prompt artists to ask how the complex particularity of a place might be best addressed? The building’s anxious relationship to its site—deferential without being submissive—certainly dramatizes enduring questions about how to respond to what’s “there” in a city—and about how to point to alternative directions.

These inevitably difficult

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