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Gandhi exhibit brings message of peace to Belfast

A 17-feet high cardboard artwork of Mahatma Gandhi is overlooking a key road in Belfast as the centerpiece of a global exhibition of electronic and digital art at the University of Ulster.

world Updated: Aug 18, 2009 15:37 IST

A 17-feet high cardboard artwork of Mahatma Gandhi is overlooking a key road in Belfast as the centerpiece of a global exhibition of electronic and digital art at the University of Ulster.

The impressive artwork depicts Gandhi's 1930 salt march, and has been created by US artist Joseph DeLappe. Gandhi's depiction at the exhibition connects with the university's earlier links with his commitment to non-violence.

Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume, who was the Tip O'Neill Chair of Peace Studies at the university, was also a recipient of the Gandhi Peace Prize.

Seventy-five artists from 25 countries are exhibiting a range of innovative and challenging work focusing on the theme of contested spaces.

"The 15th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) provides an unprecedented showcase for creativity and innovation at the intersection of art, science and technology," explains Professor Kerstin Mey, Director of Ulster's Research Institute of Art and Design.

"The symposium and related exhibition will promote, support and develop creativity in Northern Ireland, building on the convergence of art and design driven innovation and creativity with advanced digital technologies."

"In addition to the works displayed in the three gallery spaces a significant part of the exhibition will include live sound and performance pieces, which will feature throughout the symposium," she said.