Constructing Memory (Construire la mémoire). An International Conference and Debate on the Preservation of Records, Knowledge and Memory (RK&M) of Radioactive Waste across Generations took place at the Centre Mondial de la Paix, Verdun, France, 15-17 September 2014.
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.
‘Don’t Follow the Wind’ is a refrain we need to remember in today’s radioactive environment. It is also the poignant title of the inaccessible exhibition Jonathon Jones so crudely criticizes ('Apocalyspe No! Why artists should not go into the Fukushima exclusion zone' Guardian 10.07.2015). Jones is so busy pontificating on his nuclear beliefs he doesn’t tell us anything about the art project.
The Nuclear Culture Research Group is an interdisciplinary group of artists, curators and scholars in the nuclear arts and humanities within and connected through Goldsmiths College, University of London. The group is part of the Nuclear Culture research project to develop artistic and curatorial enquiry into nuclear culture in the UK and internationally led by Ele Carpenter in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.
This year's Sonic Arts Festival in Amsterdam, Netherlands, explores the Geologic Imagination, and includes a conference on the impact of the anthropocene considered through speculative and non-human centered thinking about the deep time of the future 26 Feb - 1 March 2015. http://www.sonicacts.com/2015/conference