The global nuclear industry has for decades used sites like Stonehenge to justify designs for long-term markers to be placed over nuclear waste repositories to ensure they are not violated in distant, imagined futures. Alternative proposals propose a variety of aesthetic installations as alternative ways of marking the contaminated landscapes under construction. Moving back and forth between the proposals rooted in cultural heritage thinking, and those aligned with art worlds, this talk questions how both imagine human intentions as singularly effective in structuring place over spans of thousands of years.
Artists Grit Ruhland and Agnès Villette will present their versions of nuclear waste markers, provoking us to think about how we want to relate to our nuclear heritage both in the present and in the future.
On the 9th of October, the Environmental Humanities Center visited COVRA, a nuclear waste management facility. Ruby de Vos, PhD Candidate at the University of Groningen tells us all about her experience of this unique excursion.
How did artists, writers, film makers, and activists respond to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and their aftermath, and how do they relate to nuclear issues today? After Hiroshima highlights some of the different responses to these questions by bringing together film screenings, performances, lectures, visual art, and even a ‘nuclear game.’ The event takes place across the city center of Groningen from 7-13 September 2019.
On 9 October 2019, the Environmental Humanities Centre will pay a visit to COVRA, the only nuclear waste facility in the Netherlands. In addition to learning more about the complex practices of safe storage, we also want to explore the relations between nuclear waste and art on site. Sign up for this excursion quickly, there are a limited number of available spots!
This blog post shares some impressions from an excursion with the Environmental Humanities Center to an underground research laboratory for the storage of nuclear waste and an art exhibition on nuclear culture. By Anna Volkmar (Leiden University) On October 27, I went underground. Together with thirteen volunteers I descended into the bowels of HADES, the... Continue Reading →
Our Nuclear Waste Weeks have come to a close. Student board member Ankie Petersen reports on the Nuclear Waste Event: Nuclear Waste Event During our Nuclear Waste Weeks, local and global news outlets talked about the extent of the pollution of sea water after the Fukushima disaster of 2011, an anti-nuclear weapon campaign won the... Continue Reading →
In the context of our Nuclear Waste Weeks, Anna Volkmar and Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou invite you to a film screening this Friday 15-16hrs. They will show two recent short films that focus on the issue of nuclear waste: Julian Charrière's Somewhere (2014) and Myroslav Slaboshpitskyy's Nuclear Waste (2012). Everyone is welcome to this (free) screening on... Continue Reading →
October/November 2017 Nuclear Waste Event, 6 October - report by Ankie Petersen Film Screening, Trace Evidence, 20 October Nuclear Waste Excursion Hades (Mol) and exhibition Perpetual Uncertainty (Hasselt), 27 October - report by Anna Volkmar Film screening and first meeting Deep Time and Nuclear Waste study group, 3 November The Nuclear Waste Weeks are a... Continue Reading →