Ele Carpenter, Curator, research field trip to ANDRA’s Meuse/Haute Marne Underground Research Laboratory for Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste, Bure, northern France, 2014.
Ele Carpenter (UK) is a curator and writer. Her curatorial research into Nuclear Culture is a partnership between Arts Catalyst and Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she is a Senior Lecturer in MFA Curating. Her Nuclear Culture research focuses on nuclear aesthetics from the atomic sublime to radioactive divinity; the relationship between social and material concerns in the nuclear cycle; and how the nuclear affects our perception of deep time within the Anthropocene. In 2014 Carpenter curated the Actinium exhibition and forum in Sapporo with S-AIR, and organised field trips to nuclear sites in Horonobe and Fukushima, Japan. She is currently researching a major exhibition for the BildMuseet, Umea, Sweden, exploring nuclear culture, deep time and unknowing, which will open in 2016.
Ele Carpenter: 'The Nuclear Anthropocene'
Ele Carpenter introduces her curatorial research into nuclear culture, drawing on artistic practices in Europe and Japan, and field trips to underground research laboratories for high-level radioactive waste storage at Horonobe, Japan, and Bure in northern France.
Session 9: The Nuclear Dimension
Saturday 28 February
16:00 - 17:30
Paradiso, Main Hall
In this panel we look at artistic approaches and responses to the ‘nuclear dimension’, and the imaginings of a future on a geological scale. We have to imagine that the impact of our activities stretches far into a nonhuman future, and, if we take an ethical position, it implies potentially communicating with a future species that lives on Earth… The mounds that store nuclear waste are uncanny monuments to humanity that will outlast the human species as we know it.