Recently Frans W. Saris sent me some excerpts from his book, Darwin Meets Einstein: On the Meaning of Science, (Saris, 2009) published by Amsterdam University Press. Frans Saris is atomic and nuclear physicist and science writer in the Netherlands, and has contributed to the Dutch literary journal 'De Gids'. From 1972 - 1980 he worked part time at the Chalk River Nuclear Labs in Ontario Canada; and was Chairman of the board on the Energy-research Center of the Netherlands (ECN) 1996 - 2002.
Art in the Nuclear Anthropocene
Z33, Hasselt, Belgium
September 17 – December 10, 2017
Roundtable: Friday 17 November
Perpetual Uncertainty is an exploration of contemporary art in the nuclear anthropocene. The exhibition brings together international artists from across Europe, the USA and Japan to investigate experiences of nuclear technology, radiation and the complex relationship between knowledge and deep time.
Kota Takeuchi’s artwork 'Take Stone Monuments Twice' is featured in the Perpetual Uncertainty exhibition. As part of the Nuclear Culture project, Takeuchi took part in the Z33 House of Contemporary Art Nuclear Culture field visit to the HADES underground research laboratory for the storage of high-level radioactive waste in Belgium, as part of his residency at the Arts Catalyst in partnership with S-Air in 2016.
HADES Field Trip June 2017
Nuclear Culture Project in partnership with Z33, SCK-CEN and NIRAS/NIROND
Artists Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead, Alexis DeStoop, Maarten Vanden Eynde and Tuur Van Balen along with curators Ele Carpenter and Ils Huygens were given an indepth introduction to the history of Belgian's nuclear industry, properties of radiation, the HADES research lab in Mol, and the test architecture for the Low Level waste site at Dessel.