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OPERATION DOORSTEP, Four Mannequins in damaged living room. Courtesy of National Nuclear Security Admin. / Nevada Site Office

OPERATION DOORSTEP, Four Mannequins in damaged living room. Courtesy of National Nuclear Security Admin. / Nevada Site Office

Detonation of the nuclear device air-dropped at Nevada Test Site on March 29, 1955. Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office

Detonation of the nuclear device, 1955. Photo courtesy of National Nuclear SecurityAdministration / Nevada Site Office

Events - Talks

Art & Literature in the Nuclear Anthropocene

A Study Session with Ele Carpenter and Daniel Cordle

05 May 2016

Material legacies of nuclear technologies feature prominently in discussions about dating and marking the Anthropocene. In this session, Ele Carpenter, of Goldsmiths, University of London, and Daniel Cordle, of Nottingham Trent University, discuss the responses of artists and writers to the nuclear age. Ranging through issues including the difficulties of visualising nuclear ‘events’ and timescales, the depiction of industrial and military legacies of nuclear technologies and  the nuclear ‘archive,’ the session provides an opportunity to discuss the forms and concerns animating nuclear culture

Dr Ele Carpenter is a curator, writer and researcher in politicised art and social networks of making. She is curatorial researcher in Nuclear Culture with The Arts Catalyst, Senior Lecturer in MFA Curating and convenor of the Nuclear Culture Research Group at Goldsmiths College, University of London. The Nuclear Culture Project involves field trips, commissioning new work and curating exhibitions, film screenings and roundtable discussions. The project is commissioning new work in response to the issues raised by dismantling nuclear submarines in consultation with members of the Submarine Dismantling Project Advisory Group, supported by Arts Council England. She is currently working on the following exhibitions: 'Material Nuclear Culture' at KARST, Plymouth (June-Aug 2016); and 'Perpetual Uncertainty' Bildmuseet, Sweden (Oct 2016 - Jan 2017). She is editor of The Nuclear Culture Source Book, Black Dog Publishing in partnership with Bildmuseet and Arts Catalyst.

Dr Daniel Cordle is Reader in English and American Literature at Nottingham Trent University. He has worked on literary representations of technology and science, as well as twentieth-century literature more broadly; he has worked extensively on British and North American nuclear literature. In his book, States of Suspense: The Nuclear Age, Postmodernism and United States Fiction and Prose (Manchester University Press), he explores literary engagements with the nuclear age in American writing, focusing particularly on the representation of the newly nuclear spaces of the home, the city and the planet and discussing the presence of a nuclear consciousness in mainstream, as well as genre, fiction. His next book, Late Cold War Literature and Culture: The Nuclear 1980s will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017 and discusses the 1980s as a ‘nuclear’ decade in British and United States culture.
6.30 - 8.30pm
Free, Booking Required


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