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Nuclear: art & radioactivity
New commissions by Chris Oakley and Simon Hollington & Kypros Kyprianou
Runs: 14 - 16, 20 - 23, 27 - 30 November 2008, 12
6.30pmAdmission freeNicholls and Clarke Building, 3-10 Shoreditch High Street, Spitalfields, London E1
with The People Speak - 3 - 7pm, Friday 14 November 2008
at the RSA - 10 am - 6pm, Friday 28 November 2008Nuclear power is re-emerging as a concern for our times, both as a generator of energy and aspart of a defence strategy. Today it seems to stand for the failed utopian promises of modernismand a fresh hope for a carbon-free future. The contradictions that lie at its core have provided arich source of questioning for artists, scientists, ecologists and activists for many years.The Nuclear exhibition explores these intricacies through two new commissioned works by
Simon Hollington & Kypros Kyprianou.
Last year, high court judge Jeremy Sullivan caused an apparent setback to the government'snuclear 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,
SimonHollington & Kypros Kyprianou
started a residency at The British Atomic Nuclear Group as partof a public perceptions programme. Hollington & Kyprianou's work in Nuclear
is the outcome fromthis residency, particularly their work within B.A.N.G's wide-ranging public consultation into thepossibility of siting a nuclear power facility in the heart of London. Their new installation, 'TheNightwatchman' traces changing perceptions of the nuclear power industry over its 50 year historythrough a single immersive narrative environment, blending fact and fiction into a darklyhumorous journey through hard-nosed PR and spin to a logical hysteria.Video and photo archive of The Nightwatchman:http://www.electronicsunset.org/node/82
's new film 'Half-life' looks at the histories of Harwell, birthplace of the UK nuclearindustry, and the new development of fusion energy technology at the Culham facility inOxfordshire. Oakley gained the cooperation of both these organisations in his research andfilming. The film examines nuclear science research through a historical and cultural filter. With therecent widespread acceptance of the reality of climate change driven by carbon dioxide emissions,the work explores the realities and myths surrounding the nuclear sciences.Two discussion events accompany the exhibition.
Friday 14 November 2008, 3 - 7 pmNicholls & Clarke building, 3-10 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PGHosted by
The People Speak
, the Talkaoke is a mobile chat-
show which will allow visitors to
comment on the work and the issues around it in an informal and entertaining way. Admission isfree and there's no need to book, however if you would like to bring a group of people to theexhibition and Talkaoke, or if you have special access needs, please contact The Arts Catalyst on020 7375 3690.
Friday 28 November 2008, 10am - 6pmThe Royal Society of Arts (RSA), 8 John Adam Street, WC2N 6EZClick here for full schedule and booking details In partnership with RSA Arts & Ecology, The Arts Catalyst and SCAN present a forum exploring theimpact of nuclear power in art and culture. Prominent artists, writers and experts discuss theirwork and engagement with the issues around nuclear energy, from Hiroshima through the 50s'white heat of technology and the Cold War nuclear tensions to present day energy debates.Speakers:
, artist and 'nuclear sculptor'
(Warwick University), expert on nuclear consultation and radioactivity risks,
(LSBU), chair of CND and editor of the journal Contemporary Politics
Kyp Kyprianou & Simon Hollington
, artist and activist, Critical Art Ensemble (by video link)
, artist and activist, founder of Auto-Destructive Art
, artist (Central St Martins College of Art)
(Kent University), historian, author of Conservation Fallout, a look at nuclear protest inCalif ornia
The Nicholls and Clarke Building and the RSA are accessible to people in wheelchairs. Please note
there is no on-
site toilet at the Nicholls & Clarke Building. For other access enquiries, please
contact The Arts Catalyst on 020 7375 3690.
is commissioned and produced by The Arts Catalyst with SCANmedia arts agency, and in association with RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts,