Catherine McLaughlin’s residency ran from April 3rd – April 9th 2017.
Inhabiting our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr accounts, her output focused on spoken language and colloquialisms.
Her biography spoke of her interest in regional dialect and how it reflects a connected, community soundscape and a desire to remain different from outsiders. Composed of local mutations, she collects fragments of dialect and uses them to create concrete poetry, scripted performances and video pieces.
She is also interested in the hidden, memory-laden mindscapes of her hometown, Belfast. Using a Google forms questionnaire she elicits short but intimate answers to questions such as “Can you describe a place around Belfast where you feel unsafe or threatened?” and “Do you have a memory from your childhood attached to a location?”.
She used the residency to explore the rainbow pavements on Donegal Street, the Happy Hour Chinese on Falls Road and the Europas Bus Centre and share exerts of stories submitted to her.
For further works please check out our social media platforms and her own at, https://www.instagram.com/catherine.mclaughlin.1 & http://www.catherinemcl1.weebly.com