Interview with Victor Robinson, 1997
Interview with Victor Robinson, 1997
Installation with 9 minute audio piece, portable radio, b/w photograph

An interview with Victor Robinson, of Robinson McIlwaine, that explores the firm's Waterfront Concert Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The building is a £30m development incorporating a concert hall, conference facilities, bars and cafes that opened in 1997. As a largely Belfast City Council-funded building, its construction was seen as significant for a city aspiring toward normality and prosperity.

The interview was mixed with music by David Holmes and replayed in the building's third-level coffee bar that affords panoramic views over the city. The radio was displayed adjacent to a photograph of a model taken from a ‘photo shoot’ staged the day after the interview that followed the same route through the building as the audio piece. The same planar bench that the model sits on in the photograph was provided to sit on while listening to the audio, visitors to the exhibition would find themselves adopting the same pose as the model: leaning forward, hands clasped together, 'listening'.


Eoghan McTigue, 'Taking Place', CIRCA Magazine, Winter 1999