The Smoke of Nuclear Modernity Drifts through the Anthropocene
Carpenter, Ele. 2016. The Smoke of Nuclear Modernity Drifts through the Anthropocene. In: Helen Grove-White, ed. Power in the Land. Wales: X-10, pp. 17-29. ISBN 978-1-78280-732-2 [Book Section]
Official URL: http://powerintheland.co.uk/cyhoeddi-publication/
Abstract or Description
Working with the nuclear economy and nuclear aesthetics is a complex ethical process, one that twists and turns through spirals of technical jargon, nuclear utopianism and deep psychic fear. In this culture of extremes, artists engaging with contemporary nuclear culture walk a political tightrope interrogating how nuclear aesthetics are reproduced whilst avoiding the simplifying tropes of industry and activism. In parallel to artistic practices, this essay explores some of the constructions of nuclear modernity, and the means of escape and betrayal, which contribute to rethinking nuclear aesthetics in the early twentieth century.