Ele Carpenter: The Nuclear Anthropocene

SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL – THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION Ele Carpenter: The Nuclear Anthropocene 28 February 2015 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- 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. While the slow violence of radiation may render it imperceptible, the foregrounding of radiation through accidents and public consultation programmes reflects the evolution of this ‘hyperobject’ from state (weapons), to private (energy), to the public sphere through ‘public consultation’. We witness the disaster unfold in slow motion; as we adapt to living in a radioactive environment, we consider what the nuclear archive should contain for future generations.

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