Thinking with agency – towards a materialization of a new materialist politics, Santamònica, Barcelona, 20-22 November 2017
I am pleased to be participating as an artist in a training school organised by COST Action IS1307, New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter’. With a focus on political activism, “this training school looks for materializing affects that can conform new experimental changes to transform classical notions of politics into new platforms for agitation… The political potential of New Materialism remains to be actualized. In light of the turbulent times we live in, environmentally as well as politically, such new patterns of politics urgently need to materialise.” With opening dialogues between Maria Tamboukou & Iris van der Tuin, Felicity Colman & Brigitte Bargetz, Gala Pin & Whitney Stark.
Art and Radioactive Waste Storage in Belgium, 17 November 2017, Z33 House of Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium
The Nuclear Culture Roundtables consider issues of the Nuclear Anthropocene and the problems of creating nuclear waste, the difficulty of communicating or marking contaminated sites for future generations, and the question of designing infrastructures for a deep time future. The Underground/Overground round table focuses on the specific situation of nuclear waste management in Belgium. It includes artists participating in the Z33 Nuclear Culture programme, architects, philosophers, anthropologists, and sociologists along with stakeholders and NGO’s, researchers from the Belgian Nuclear Waste Management project, and a group of students researching deep time communication within the Z33 education programme. With visual reporting by Pieter Fannes.
A: Citizen Science and Participation 21st Century Chair: Anne Bergmans: with artists Thomson & Craighead; Bridget Kennedy; Dirk Somers Architects; members of NIRAS/ONDRAF, Mona and Stora; and people engaged in participatory design, activism and community engagement in scientific projects. Rapporteur: Ciel Grommen
B: Deep time communication through Intergenerational relay Chair: Jasmine De Bruycker: with artists Cécile Massart, Dave Griffiths, Maarten Vanden Eynde; along with Christophe Depaus NIRAS/ONDRAF the Belgian Agency for Radioactive Waste and Enriched Fissile Material; Mona and Stora; and people engaged in communicating knowledge over one or two generations. Rapporteur: Sigrid Eeckhout
C: Deep time communication through long term projection Chair: Robert Williams: with artists Alice and David Bertizzolo, Alexis Destoop, Andy Weir; along with Maarten Van Geet, NIRAS/ONDRAF; Mona and Stora; and Jean-Noel Dumont ANDRA, the French Agency for radioactive waste storage; and people engaged in communicating knowledge into the deep future. Rapporteur: Regine Debatty
Roundtable Discussion, Bildmuseet, Umeå University, Sweden, 19 November 2016
A discussion about art and the deep time of radiation to accompany the Perpetual Uncertainty exhibition. Short presentations by artists and nuclear scholars will take place in the Bildmuseet Flexi-hall, followed by a series of small roundtable discussions bringing together a range of disciplinary perspectives on the nuclear, including artists and people working on the long-term storage of radioactive waste in Europe. The event is inspired by James Acord’s roundtable that he built in his Hanford studio, USA 1999, to bring together environmentalists and people from the nuclear industry to discuss the clean up of the Hanford site.
Introduced by Ele Carpenter and chaired by John O’Brian, with Roundtable facilitators in Bildmuseet and HumLab: Thomson & Craighead; Deep Time Consultation, Jantine Schröder; Remote Sensing Radiation, Susan Schuppli; Nuclear Anthropocene, Peter C van Wyck; Intergenerational responsibility, Johan Swahn; Camera Atomica: Radiation and Photography, John O’Brian; Deep Time Microfiche, Dave Griffiths.
Invited participants will include artists, film-makers, activists, policy makers, professionals engaged in nuclear research and radioactive waste management. In addition members of the public with an interest in nuclear issues, deep time, art and radiation will be able to buy tickets online.
Arts Catalyst & Z33 House for Contemporary Arts, Belgium, 11 – 13 July 2016
A field trip to HADES, Belgium’s underground research lab in Mol, for geologic disposal of high-level radioactive waste. Organised by Nuclear Cultures project in with Z33 (Hasselt), and ONDRAF/NIRAS (Belgian agency for radioactive waste and enriched fissile materials), artists Kota Takeuchi, Andy Weir, Dave Griffiths and curators Ils Huygens and Ele Carpenter spent 3 days visiting Z33 and meeting Christoph Depaus, Maarten Van Geet and Jantine Schröder at SCK.
I organised Deep Field [Club Golf Nuclea Mol] – an art-science golfing dialogue reflecting on time as underground moles in the HADES research bunker, and re-enacting leisure pursuits of post-war nuclear workers. I’m collecting thoughts and feelings on future mattering of time and space implied by burying, and co-existing with, nuclear waste. I’m producing content for Deep Field [Unclear Zine], a microfiche fanzine collaging poetry, drawing, data, photographs and interviews that attempts to translate the contemporary radioactive waste repository for far-future readers, as a folkloric site of conflict and unknowing.
The HADES lab was constructed in 1980, at 255 metres underground, to research possibilities of geological disposal in deep clay strata. Like underground facilities in France, Sweden and Japan, the research lab is not intended to be used as a final repository for radioactive waste. Hades is also the Greek god of the underworld.
16 June 2016, Manchester School of Art
Sit, I Don’t: IA Symposium #1 is an event exploring the innovative perspective that BA Interactive Arts (Manchester School of Art) occupies as a model of education and a collection of singular practices. The symposium is organised by Helen Collet, Olivia Glasser and Dave Griffiths.
Through taking an autonomous stand on the formation of their art-school educational experiences, comes the freedom for our students to discover and place new practices in wider contexts: “Your adventure in the force of creativity translates into productive action in the world”. The symposium features presentations by guest speakers and recent graduates, plus exchanges of practices between a cross-section of current students. Plus the launch of Interactive Arts’ Badge Campaign.
With: Kim McAleese (Grand Union), Rob Carter & Lauren Velvick (ECLUB), Darren Murphy (Forma) and Sarah Unwin (FutureEverything). The symposium title, Sit, I Don’t stems from ‘Stand, I Don’t’; the Charles Esche/de Appel CP interview in Curating and the Educational Turn (eds. P. O’Neill & M. Wilson, 2010) around understanding art and the educational realm.