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.
Sapporo is a modern city on the Japanese north Island of Hokkaido founded in the Meiji period of Japan's modernization (1886-1912). The Japanese developed Hokkaido to gain access to its coal as well as to strategically defend the country against Russia. The indigenous population are the Ainu, who finally received official recognition in 2008. The Island’s main city of Sapporo is built on a grid like New York, and is easy to navigate.
I'm in Sapporo, Japan, undertaking a Curatorial Research Residency with S-AIR to find out about how the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster has impacted on artists practices. I'm working with S-AIR to organise an exhibition and event to take place next summer alongside the Sapporo International Arts Festival 2014.
This conference promises to rethink the continuities of the Cold War through the frameworks of Space/Time, Techno-culture and Deterritorializations. University of Sheffield, 20th September 2013. http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/english/coldwar
Michael Madsen's film 'Into Eternity' has really put the Finnish Nuclear programme on the international stage. Prompting a wider public to take responsibility for nuclear waste storage, and encouraging industry to work towards a more open culture in which the extreme realitites of waste monitoring need to be addressed.