Tuesday, June 2, 2009

[Yasmin_discussions] art and atoms: fission and fusion


As Guillermo points out all life on earth results from the process
of nuclear fusion at the center of the sun, that leads to solar energy
which is the source of all life on earth. As an astronomer, i know that
what a problem it was to understand how the sun functioned until
fusion energy was realised at the source of energy

Arthur Eddington for instance
worked a great deal on this problem.

As pointed out by Avi Rosen its impossible not to discussion fission
and fusion without
reference to the work of Paul Virilio, who has argued forcefully that all
new technologies can be seen through the new kinds of accidents that
they inevitably bring into possibility.

See in addition to Avis' references for Virilio , the Cartier Museum
of Accidents


I have always been uneasy with Virilios line of argument, after all
some technologies
with large potential desrutrutive power have become culturally
contained. The work
of artists is important in this process. Fusion and Fission energy are
recently used
in society, as annick bureaud mentions through medical technologies
use of radioactive

Arts Catalyst organised an interested conference recently
described below


Nuclear: art & radioactivity
New commissions by Chris Oakley and Simon Hollington & Kypros Kyprianou


Nuclear power is re-emerging as a concern for our times, both as a
generator of energy and as part of a defence strategy. Today it seems
to stand for the failed utopian promises of modernism and a fresh hope
for a carbon-free future. The contradictions that lie at its core have
provided a rich source of questioning for artists, scientists,
ecologists and activists for many years.

The Nuclear exhibition explores these intricacies through two new
commissioned works by Chris Oakley and Simon Hollington & Kypros

Last year, high court judge Jeremy Sullivan caused an apparent setback
to the government's nuclear energy ambitions by ruling that public
consultation into the creation of a new fleet of nuclear power
stations was "misleading" and "seriously flawed".
Soon after these
events, Simon Hollington & Kypros Kyprianou started a residency at The
British Atomic Nuclear Group as part of a public perceptions
programme. Hollington & Kyprianou's work in Nuclear is the outcome
from this residency, particularly their work within B.A.N.G's
wide-ranging public consultation into the possibility of siting a
nuclear power facility in the heart of London. Their new installation,
'The Nightwatchman' traces changing perceptions of the nuclear power
industry over its 50 year history through a single immersive narrative
environment, blending fact and fiction into a darkly humorous journey
through hard-nosed PR and spin to a logical hysteria.

Video and photo archive of The Nightwatchman:

Chris Oakley's new film 'Half-life' looks at the histories of Harwell,
birthplace of the UK nuclear industry, and the new development of
fusion energy technology at the Culham facility in Oxfordshire. Oakley
gained the cooperation of both these organisations in his research and
filming. The film examines nuclear science research through a
historical and cultural filter. With the recent widespread acceptance
of the reality of climate change driven by carbon dioxide emissions,
the work explores the realities and myths surrounding the nuclear
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