Reading the news today, I found this NY Times articles and thought it
might be of interest even though it is not strictly on the art/nuclear
topic (and only on nuclear power plants).
Beyond the very alarming journalistic style and title "U.S. Releases
Secret List of Nuclear Sites Accidentally", I find interesting that
revealing of such information becomes problematic, bringing fears of
Now to come back to the discussion and to answer to Guillermo's
interesting post as well, I would agree with you Guillermo by saying
that, for a great majority and from the art works I know of so far,
artists have been responding to nuclear issues, rather than creating
their own (poetical) events. However, I would not consider their work
necessarily negative. For instance, the Critical Art Ensemble is
working on a project to counter 'irrational' fears of radioactivity in
the use of dirty bombs. I don't want to speak for the artists and the
project is not yet done. But in the tense context of this NY Times
article, it is rather positive and of course highly political. It
seems to me also that James Acord's fascination for transmutation is
'positive', but he worked on a power plant whose history is heavy and
that probably cannot really be overlooked. But again, I don't want to
speak for the artists.
To continue on Patrick's interesting point, it may be surprising, but
I cannot think of any photographic or artistic (at large) body of work
that would have been done in relation to French nuclear sites. If any
one knows of such artists it would be fantastic to hear about their
work. In response to the fantastic posters you showed us Patrick, I
would simply forward the following email I have received yesterday. It
is intriguing as the "Club Pulse" is actually a gym centre. I have
absolutely no idea if this is interesting, but I will try to attend.
An installation by Kathrine Sandys
Club Pulse, Goldsmiths University of London, SE14 6NW
4th – 5th June 2009, entry between 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm
Nearly twenty years after the end of the Cold War, our
knowledge of the military activity of this period is still
shaped by film, fiction and government information adverts
– far less comprehensive than we believe it to be.
Throughout the UK, many purpose-built Cold War sites retain
an enigmatic presence of their former military purpose.
This site-specific sound installation re-animates the site
and activity of the Cold War, capturing the presence of
British nuclear testing between 1952 – 53 and the
electromagnetic pulse referred to as 'Radioflash'.
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