In Jacques Derrida’s Specters of Marx, he acknowledges the potential power of absence in referring to the West’s separation from the suffering that still existed in the world following the demise of Communism. It is the removal of the Communist institution and its void that has the power of occupying, of being and non-being. The project’s site, Belfast, shares a similar status of being and non-being as sectarian violence has resulted in “peacelines” that separate Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods. How can an architecture address the issues of the specter (the potential power to haunt) and intervene to provide presence and absence, wall and void?
Proposal for Museum of the Troubles Belfast, Ireland Year: 2010