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Resistance Lab #1 | Deep Time Story

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Artists Alex Ressel and Kerri Meehan lead a storytelling workshop exploring the concept of deep time

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Join artists Alex Ressel and Kerri Meehan for a storytelling workshop exploring the concept of deep time in relation to geology, nuclear culture and waste.

Alex Ressel and Kerri Meehan are artists from the UK and Australia currently living and working at Injalak Arts Centre in Gunbalanya, near to the Nabarlek former uranium mine and Ranger Uranium mine in the Northern Territory of Australia. Working closely with the local Aboriginal community, Alex and Kerri are learning to rethink the nuclear landscape in relation to country, kin and temporality, drawing on 60,000 years of cultural knowledge.

Kunwinjku culture is one of the world’s longest continuing cultures with stories that have been passed down through an oral-historical tradition that far exceeds any communication technology invented elsewhere. There are stories in West Arnhem Land that warn of sacred sites that shouldn’t be visited, as they are dangerous and powerful.

In collaboration with Kunwinjku artists, Kerri and Alex are currently creating a story to warn international audiences about dangerous places where nuclear waste is buried. For the Deep Time Stories workshop session at Arts Catalyst the artists will introduce their experiences of nuclear culture in West Arnhem Land, screen videos of Kunwinjku storytellers and workshop attendees will have the opportunity to contribute to a new deep time story.

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Time 6 - 7.30pm

30 min introduction

45 min workshop to contribute to framework

15 min questions/conversation

No prior knowledge about uranium mining, Indigenous Australia or oral history is required. Workshop participants will not be required to prepare anything in advance of the workshop.

£3, booking essential (to cover the cost of refreshments).

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Alex Ressel and Kerri Meehan are artists from the UK and Australia currently living and working at Injalak Arts Centre in Gunbalanya, near to the Nabarlek former uranium mine and Ranger Uranium mine in the Northern Territory of Australia. Working together since 2012, their collective practice is broadly concerned with time, technology and communication. Working closely with the local Aboriginal community, Alex and Kerri are learning to rethink the nuclear landscape in relation to country, kin and temporality, drawing on 60,000 years of cultural knowledge. They are currently making a series of works that help to map nuclear colonisation through mining and waste, re-valuing the ancient and contemporary experience of place, knowledge of radiation and the global material trace of uranium. Their work 'Sickness Country' is an hour long radio artwork made on location in Kakadu National Park, Australia and broadcast on Resonance 104.4FM on 18 October 2017. Their artwork 'Ungurrookoolpum' is an interactive documentary made through a visit to a former uranium mine situated on the edge of Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory. Alongside their practice they run public events, reading groups and workshops.

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