21st January 2005. Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland. 30 minutes
I sent invitations to all politicians in Belfast City Hall.
I only got one response to state that due to prior commitments he was unable to make it.
Following on from the stalled political process I did a piece of work called Absent-Present. I used a table, six seats; six table settings with the initial of each of the six counties within Northern Ireland shown on six glasses. In addition I had six copies of the Good Friday Agreement on the table this was all sitting on a circular piece of Northern Irish turf.
The other three Ulster counties were depicted on an additional three glasses each with an initial shown of that county placed on a location separate from the table. While this was taking place I played an audio recording of local politicians having a debate that developed into a shouting match. I during this carried out live actions.
The performance was once again carried out to open dialogue based on mutual respect which unfortunately at this juncture was lacking.
Read Good Friday Agreement
Agreement reached in the multi-party negotiations (10 April 1998)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Declaration of Support
2. Constitutional Issues
Annex A: Draft Clauses/Schedules for Incorporation in British
Annex B: Irish Government Draft Legislation
3. Strand One:
Democratic Institutions in Northern Ireland
4. Strand Two:
North/South Ministerial Council
5. Strand Three:
British – Irish Council
British – Irish Intergovernmental Conference
6. Rights, Safeguards and Equality of Opportunity
United Kingdom Legislation
New Institutions in Northern Ireland
Comparable Steps by the Irish Government
A Joint Committee
Reconciliation and Victims of Violence
Economic, Social and Cultural Issues
9. Policing and Justice
Annex A: Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland
Annex B: Review of the Criminal Justice System
11. Validation, Implementation and Review
Validation and Implementation
Review Procedures Following Implementation
ANNEX: Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland.