Z33

Underground Overground: Z33

Art and Radioactive Waste Storage in Belgium, 17 November 2017, Z33 House of Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium

The Nuclear Culture Roundtables bring together artists, architects, philosophers, anthropologists, sociologists along with nuclear agencies, scientists, stakeholders and NGO’s. We start with short presentations that introduce the issues of the Nuclear Anthropocene. These include the problems of creating nuclear waste, the option of geological storage, the difficulty of communicating or marking contaminated sites for future generations, and the question of designing infrastructures for a deep time future. We will consider the larger ethical questions at stake, and focus on the specific situation of nuclear waste management in Belgium. After the introductory presentations, we will invite participants from different areas of expertise to take part in three round table discussions, to which the audience is welcome to contribute.

The Underground/Overground round table will include artists participating in the Z33 Nuclear Culture programme, researchers from the Belgian Nuclear Waste Management project, artists from the ANDRA art programme, researchers on MODERN 2020, and a group of young students research concepts of deep time communication working with the Z33 education programme.

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