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Troubled Soil
multimedia installation and investigation, 2019
Team: Dimitra Andritsou, Erica Deluchi, Lodovica
Guarnieri and Carol Iglesias

Part of The Right to Not Be Bounded Thusly:  A People's Tribunal
on the Irish Border
,  Lewisham Irish Community Centre, May 2019


Event and project organised by the MA candidates from the Centre for
Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University 

Troubled Soil, 2019 film still

Troubled Soil investigates the Irish border by looking at how border leakage emerges not only from the unboundedness of the earthly but from its industrialized exploitation. The investigation of Dalradian’s mining advances exposes the border not as a delimitation between two national sovereign bodies, but as a historical zone marked by displacement and dispossession. Land leased off and opened up to mining business, the Sperrins reveal the act of bordering as the demarcation of a sacrificial periphery. Here, we interpret the right to not be bounded thusly as a twofold reckoning: neither is it possible to contain the site of extraction and its toxics leakages, nor should those who inhabit such space be bound by the political decision to make them weather the impacts.


With special thanks to: Cormac McAleer, Marella Fyffe, James Orr, Lynda Sullivan, Tommy Greene, Sophie Thompson, Amanda Slevin, John Barry, Save our Sperrins (link), Cooperate Against Mining in Omagh CAMIO, Friends of the Earth

Troubled Soil, installation view during the event The Right to Not Be Bounded Thusly: A People's Tribunal on the Irish Border