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Nuclear Art and Archives
Sat 8 April 2017, 10:30 – 19:00 BST
Nuclear Art and Archives (afternoon programme)
Visual Research Center, Dundee Contemporary Arts. 1.30 – 7pm
The second part of a day of artists' films and discussions about nuclear art and archives considering the kinds of knowledge and reflective spaces that contemporary art produces for rethinking the nuclear. As the civil industry starts to consolidate its archives at the new Nuclear Archive in Wick, Scotland, the European debate is focused on records, knowledge and memory of geological storage of high-level radioactive waste. The post-truth nuclear economy raises serious questions about the long-term security of the nuclear programme, and an investigation of contemporary nuclear aesthetics is becoming increasingly urgent. All the events take place within the DCA building which includes the gallery, cinema, Visual Research Centre, and bookshop.
Roundtable on Nuclear Art and Archives
1.30 – 4.30 Roundtable on Art and Nuclear Archives, Visual Research Centre
4.30 – 5.00 Time to view Mark Wallinger Exhibition
5.00 – 6.00 Nuclear Culture Source Book launch, DCA Bookshop
6.00 – 7.00 Premiere of Yellow Cake, Gair Dunlop
The Nuclear and Caithness Archive at Wick will be home to the archives of the entire UK civil nuclear industry as well as the historical archives of the county of Caithness. It is designed to hold an estimated 20 km of records for generations to come. But what are the time scales of the nuclear? How do artists deal with questions of radioactive deep time? This event aims to rethink how the nuclear archive is embedded in complex forms of materials, culture, architecture and landscape. Presentations by: Ele Carpenter, Curator; Garance Warburton, Community Engagement Officer, Nucleaus: Nuclear and Caithness Archive; artist Gair Dunlop; artist and co-ordinator of Power in the Land, Helen Grove-White.
1.30 – 1.45 Welcome
1.45 – 3.00 Presentations (5 x 15 mins)
3.00 – 3.15 Tea break
3.15 – 4.30 Roundtable Discussion
The Nuclear Culture Source Book Launch, DCA Bookshop 5-6pm
Edited by Ele Carpenter, Black Dog Publishing, Bildmuseet and Arts Catalyst, 2016.
Yellowcake, A film by Gair Dunlop
Visual Research Centre, DCA. Premiere at 6pm
The rise and fall of the UK nuclear fission research programme, seen through its sites, archives, memories and remains. (63.26”)
NB: this event is preceded by a ticketed programme of artists’ films investigating contemporary nuclear concerns from 10:30am - 12:30pm at DCA cinema. Tickets are £6. For further information, please visit the DCA website: http://www.dca.org.uk/