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MARs Session: Radiological Deep Time

This MARs Session will investigate theoretical ideas and artistic practices concerned with radiological deep time. From nuclear landscapes of mining, test sites, and waste storage sites. The session will focus on the problems of decolonising the nuclear, through feminist and forensic analysis, rethinking nuclear landscapes at home, and the mythologies of distant test and mining sites.

MARs Session: Radiological Deep Time (by Mountain of Art Research – Goldsmiths)

Various dates October 2018 - December 2018

MARs Research Hub, Seminar Space (Room 5)

43 Lewisham Way London SE14 6NP

Organised by Ele Carpenter with PhD researchers Warren Harper, Bridget Kennedy and Andy Weir

This MARs Session will investigate theoretical ideas and artistic practices concerned with radiological deep time. From nuclear landscapes of mining, test sites, and waste storage sites. The session will focus on the problems of decolonising the nuclear, through feminist and forensic analysis, rethinking nuclear landscapes at home, and the mythologies of distant test and mining sites.

Research Student Prep Session One - 26 Oct, 3-5pm
Research Student Prep Session Two - 2 Nov, 3-5pm
Research Student Prep Session Three - 23 Nov, 3-5pm
MAIN SESSION / Nuclear Culture Research Symposium: 30 Nov, 10.30am – 6pm & 1 Dec, 10.30am - 2.30pm


Notes for Participants

  • Participants may sign up for all sessions, or just the Nuclear Culture Research Symposium. Places are limited so booking is essential.

  • The sessions are open to all postgraduate research students as well as academic staff researchers.

  • Each of these sessions has set reading. The reading list is available HERE. Please get in touch with Warren Harper (wharp002@gold.ac.uk) if you have any questions.


Research Student Prep Session 1: Mapping Research in Nuclear Culture

Led by Andy Weir, PhD student, Goldsmiths

Friday 26 October | 15.00-17.00

In this session, we will read work by sociologist and Stanford Professor of Nuclear Security, Gabrielle Hecht. We will consider the colonial/postcolonial dimension of nuclear cultures through her focus on the Uranium trade, and the question of what constitutes a ‘nuclear thing’. Andy Weir will also briefly introduce his work with ‘radioglomerate demons’ and we will do some collective diagramming.

Reading:

Hecht, G. (2018) ‘The African Anthropocene’, Aeon, https://aeon.co/essays/if-we-talk-about-hurting-our-planet-who-exactly-is-the-we.

Hecht, G. (2012) ‘Introduction: The Power of Nuclear Things’ to Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp.1-48.


Research Student Prep Session 2: Nuclear Landscapes

Led by Warren Harper, PhD student, Goldsmiths

Friday 2 November | 15.00-17.00

What makes a landscape “nuclear”? The second session will consider what defines or designates a nuclear landscape. We will discuss different aspects of the nuclear cycle in relation to this, from uranium mines to the storage of nuclear waste, aiming to open up points of exploration around the interrelationships of disparate nuclear landscapes globally.

Reading:

Storm, A. (2014) Post-Industrial Landscape Scars. New York: Palgrave Macmillan US pp. 47-99.

Pitkanen, L. and Farish, M. (2017) ‘Nuclear landscapes’, Progress in Human Geography. doi: 10.1177/0309132517725808.


Research Student Prep Session 3: Nuclear Materiality

Led by Bridget Kennedy, PhD student, Goldsmiths

Friday 23 November | 15.00-17.00

In this session we will discuss how we, flesh and bone beings susceptible to the detrimental effects of certain types of radiation, interact with radioactivity. How do we detect it? How do we handle it? How does it feature in our daily lives?

This session will feature a hands-on demonstration of radiation monitoring, and an introduction to background radiation and radiological sources. This will be accompanied by an insight into how artists have made this invisible emission of energy visible and how these works help us consider ways that the nuclear permeates society at a variety of different levels.

Reading:

Parikka, J. (2015), Materiality: Grounds of Media and Culture, A Geology of Media, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis/London, pp. 1-29.

Morton, T. (2016), ‘Radiation as Hyperobject’ in The Nuclear Culture Source Book, ed. Ele Carpenter, Black Dog publishing, pp. 169-173.

Schuppli, S. (2015), 'Radical Contact Prints' in Camera Atomica, ed. John O’Brian, Black Dog Publishing, pp. 279-291.


Main Session: Nuclear Culture Research Symposium

Friday 30 November | 10.30-18.00

Saturday 1 December | 10.30-14.30

Goldsmiths MFA Curating Studio, Asquith Gibbs Building, Back Gate

Lewisham Southwark College, 1 Deptford Bridge, London, SE8 4HH

This Symposium brings together researchers in nuclear culture from the Goldsmiths Art Department MARS doctoral research programme and members of the Nuclear Culture Research Group to form an intensive two days of sharing knowledge, mentoring and critical feedback. Artist and Curatorial researchers will have the opportunity to share their critical frameworks and artistic practices in an interdisciplinary environment with scholars and practictioners from across the arts and nuclear sector.

For full programme details please see HERE.

Generously supported by the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership.