Shan McAnena, Too Big to Fail: Remembering the Titanic in Belfast
2012 is the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic built in Belfast in 1911. Local, regional and national funds were invested heavily in a signature building and a programme of events celebrating the link with the ship and designed to attract an out-of-state audience to the city. This paper will examine the cultural and economic significance of the legacy of the Titanic in Belfast in the light of the troubled history of the region since the famous shipwreck. It will compare commemorative artworks commissioned and exhibited in the city and examine Brazilian artist Néle Azevedo’s intervention, Minimum Monumment, made at the invitation of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s. Some images, sounds or other media used in the following presentation are subject to copyright restrictions that prevent them being shown. In order to provide a complete record of the conference, these items have been blurred or silenced. Should we obtain permission to use these images, sounds and other media in the future the films will be updated.