The Nuclear Culture Source Book

The Nuclear Culture Source Book
Editor: Ele Carpenter

Published by Black Dog Publishing in partnership with Bildmuseet and Arts Catalyst.
UK Sep 16 | US/CAN Oct 16
25 cm x 18 cm, 208 pages

The Nuclear Culture Source Book is a resource and introduction to nuclear culture, one of the most urgent themes within contemporary art and society, charting the ways in which art and philosophy contribute to a cultural understanding of the nuclear. The book brings together contemporary art and ideas investigating the nuclear Anthropocene, nuclear sites and materiality, along with important questions of radiological inheritance, nuclear modernity and the philosophical concept of radiation as a hyperobject.

Contributing writers: Peter C van Wyck; Gabrielle Hecht; Timothy Morton; Jahnavi Phalkey; Noi Sawaragi; Eiko Honda; Susan Schuppli; Victor Gama; Di McDonald and Nicola Triscott.

Contributing artists: James Acord; Shuji Akagi; Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway; Erich Berger; Chim↑Pom; Thomson & Craighead; Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson; Gair Dunlop; emptyset; Merilyn Fairskye; Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani; Victor Gama; Joy Garnett; Giuliano Garonzi; Grand Guignol Mirai; Dave Griffiths; Annie Grove-White; Helen Grove-White; Isao Hashimoto; Hilda Hellström; Cornelia Hesse-Honegger; Hollington and Kyprianou; Martin Howse; Pierre Huyghe; Ai Ikeda; Robert Jacobs and Mick Broderick; Miyamoto Katsuhiro; Yoi Kawakubo; Bridget Kennedy; Yves Klein; Erika Kobayashi; Karen Kramer; Sandra Lahire; Jessica Lloyd-Jones; Veronika Lukasova; David Mabb; Cécile Massart; Eva and Franco Mattes; William Morris; Yoshinori Niwa; Takashi Noguchi; Chris Oakley; Uriel Orlow; Trevor Paglen; Yelena Popova; Monica Ross; Susan Schuppli; Taryn Simon; smudge studio; Isabella Streffen; Shimpei Takeda; Nobuaki Takekawa; Kota Takeuchi; Mika Taanila and Jussi Eerola; Robin Tarbet; Suzanne Treister; Alana Tyson; Mark Aerial Waller; Andy Weir; Jane and Louise Wilson; Louise K Wilson; and Ken + Julia Yonetani.

“Marshall McLuhan said that art was an early warning system in times of technological change. In bringing together nuclear art and critical writings that tell our culture what is happening to it Ele Carpenter’s compelling book proves him right.”
John O’Brian, Professor of Art History, University of British Columbia, and Curator of Camera Atomica, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada.

"A fascinating book visualising the affects of radiation at a time when radioisotopes from Fukushima are being detected around the world."
Dr Paul Dorfman, The Energy Institute, University College London

“It is important that different ways of understanding the nuclear industry are preserved for future generations. Artworks and books that explore nuclear culture will be archived in museum collections in perpetuity, providing an important contemporary view that is accessible to a wide range of people.”
Shelly Mobbs, Director, Eden Nuclear and Environment Ltd.

Book Launches
4 April 2017, Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, London. Ele Carpenter and Eiko Honda.
8 April 2017, Dundee Contemporary Art, Scotland
10 December 2016, Housmans Bookshop, London.
18 October 2016, ICA: Technology Now, Ele Carpenter & Susan Schuppli.
2 October 2016, Bildmuseet, Umea.

Jamie Sutcliffe, The Nuclear Culture Source Book, Review, Art Monthly, March 2017, p37.
Carmen Victor, Revew, In: Public Journal, Issue 56. Canada. September 2017. p219-220.
Elisabeth Eaves, Art of the Nuclear Anthropocene, 22 Sept, 2016.