Actinium [Curatorial Project]

Carpenter, Ele. 2014. Actinium [Curatorial Project]. In: "Actinium", OYOYO, Japan, 19 July - 3 August 2014. [Show/Exhibition]

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Creators: Carpenter, Ele
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Artists are making the nuclear economy increasingly visible by rethinking nuclear materials and architectures, decay rates and risk perception; questioning the 20th Century belief in nuclear modernity. As the international population becomes more aware of their role as participants in nuclear culture, this exhibition aims to create a space for open discussion. The Actinium exhibition is an international hub for discussion about contemporary nuclear culture. The exhibition will take place during the opening weeks of the SIAF 2014, and will be the base for film screenings, discussion forum and field trips exploring the relationship between the metropolis and nuclear sites in rural Hokkaido.

Actinium is a radioactive element named after the Greek word ‘aktis’ a beam or ray, but its name reveals how little we know about the behavior of different kinds of alpha, beta and gamma radiation. Today the word actinium conjures ideas of action in response to radioactive materials as they enter the public realm through the nuclear cycle of weapons, energy, pollution and waste. Today artists and geologists explore the human time of the Anthropocene as the nuclear industry tries to reverse-mine radioactive waste back into the ground. The geological time frames for radioactive decay are beyond human comprehension and challenge the limits of knowledge and not-knowing.

The Exhibition includes works by artists James Acord (USA), Shuji Akagi (J), Chim↑Pom (J), Crowe & Rawlinson (UK/De), Karen Kramer (USA/UK), Cécile Massart (Belgium), Eva & Franco Mattes (USA), Thomson & Craighead (UK/Scotland). Curated by Ele Carpenter (UK).

Contributors: Craighead, Alison (Artist); Thomson, Jon (Artist); Crowe, Nick (Artist); Rawlinson, Ian (Artist); Pom, Chim (Artist); Mattes, Eva & Franco (Artist); Massart, Cecile (Artist); Acord, James (Artist); Akagi, Shuji (Artist) and Kramer, Karen
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Actinium is curated by Ele Carpenter, The Arts Catalyst, produced by S-AIR; and will take place during the opening weeks of the Sapporo International Arts Festival (SIAF) in July 2014. The project is organized by NPO S-AIR, Sapporo. Supported by: Daiwa Foundation; Pola Foundation; The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan; City of Sapporo; Arts Council England; Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Keywords: nuclear culture
Departments, Centres and Research Units: Art
Date range: 19 July - 3 August 2014
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Event Location: OYOYO, Japan
Project or Series: Nuclear Culture
Item ID: 21541
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2017 14:48
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2017 14:48


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