In 2013 the Sapporo Short Film Festival presented a screening of films about 3.11, including the Frying Dutchmanmusic video 'HumanError'. The lyrics give a profound insight into the complexities of nuclear culture in Japan from an activist perspective.
The Continuities of Cold War Systems: A Symposium. Institute for Modern & Contemporary Culture, University of Westminster. Thursday 27th February 2014, 9am-6pm. From the late 1940s through the 1980s systems analysis, cybernetics, and information theory came to shape military, business, government and academic thinking on a wide array of subjects.
The Spring 2015 Nuclear Culture Reading group at Goldsmiths College will investigate how the nuclear affects our experience and perception of deep time within the Anthropocene from radioactive markers in the environment to geological waste storage. The sessions led by Ele Carpenter, include reading texts, films and artworks exploring radiation as a hyperobject, a material trace, a geological marker and semiotic challenge.
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.