Nuclear Culture Reading Group

"LEVEL7feat. 'Asu no Shinwa'" (C) 2011 Chim↑Pom Courtesy of Mujin-to Production, Tokyo

The Nuclear Culture Reading Group meets regularly at Goldsmiths College, London, to discuss key texts, artworks and exhibitions investigating different aspects of nuclear culture including the textual, visual and uncanny. This lively discussion is for artists, curators, and philosophers rethinking Nuclear Culture in the 21st Century tackling questions such as nuclear semiotics, deep time, radioactive uncanny, the sublime, nuclear materiality and networks, and nuclear art history.

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Field Note: Horonobe

Betonite clay, sellofane, stainless steel, vitrified high level radioactive waste

23rd July, 2014. I write in a small apartment in Sapporo, Japan, it’s at least 30 degrees, the sun sets quickly and the traffic is relentless. Last night I came back from a two day field trip to the north of Hokkaido with a group of artists and activists as part of the Actinium project in Sapporo. The aim of the trip was to experience that mythical journey deep underground to see the engineering and geological research into radioactive waste storage.

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Visualising Radioactive Waste Storage

Posters by Cecile Massart. InSOTEC, Berlin 2013.

The InSOTEC Seminar on 'Rethinking what is Social and What is Technical in (Long term) Radioactive Waste Management' took place in Berlin, 12-13 November 2013. The first day included sessions on reversibility and retrievability, siting, demonstrating safety and technology transfer, as well as our panel on 'Visualising radioactive waste management as a socio-technical challenge' with myself, Ele Carpenter, and artists Lise Autogena and Cecile Massart.

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