The Nuclear Culture Source Book serves as an excellent resource and introduction to nuclear culture as one of the most prominent themes within contemporary art and society, exploring the diverse ways in which post-Fukushima society has influenced artistic and cultural production
The book brings together contemporary art practices investigating the nuclear anthropocene, nuclear sites and materiality, along with important questions of radiological inheritance, nuclear modernity and the philosophical concept of radiation as a hyperobject. Presenting artworks by renowned practitioners such as: Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway, Chim↑Pom, Thomson & Craighead, Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani, Dave Griffiths, Hilda Helström, Martin Howse, Pierre Hughye, Miyamato Katsuhiro, Yoi Kawakubo, Yves Klein, Erika Kobayashi, Cécile Massart, Eva and Franco Mattes, Uriel Orlow, Trevor Paglen, Yelena Popova, Susan Schuppli, Taryn Simon, Smudge Studio, Shimpei Takeda, Kota Takeuchi, Mika Taanila, Suzanne Treister, Mark Aerial Waller, Andy Weir, Jane and Louise Wilson, Julia + Ken Yonetani.
Building on four years of research into nuclear culture by the book’s editor, Ele Carpenter, The Nuclear Culture Source Book features contributions by over 60 artists. Accompanied by a series of essays by international writers including: Peter C. van Wyck, The Anthropocene’s Signature; Gabrielle Hecht, Nuclearity; Tim Morton, Radiation as Hyperobject; Jahnavi Phalkey,The Atomic Gift; Noi Sawaragi, Don’t Follow the Wind; Eiko Honda, Atomic Subjectivity; Susan Schuppli, Trace Evidence: A Nuclear Trilogy; Victor Gama, Searching for Augusto Zita; Nicola Triscott on James Acord; and Ele Carpenter’s interviews with members of the Submarine Dismantling Project Advisory Group in the UK.
Published in partnership with Bildmuseet, Sweden and Arts Catalyst, London.
The Nuclear Culture Source Book
Edited by Ele Carpenter
Published by Black Dog Publishing in partnership with Bildmuseet, Sweden and Arts Catalyst, Sep 16 in UK, Oct 16 USA/CAN
Dimensions 25 cm x 18 cm
James Acord, Shuji Akagi, Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway, Erich Berger, Chim↑Pom, Thomson & Craighead, Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, Gair Dunlop, Empty Set, Merilyn Fairskye, Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani, Victor Gama, Joy Garnett, Guiliano Garzoni, Grand-Guignol Mirai, Dave Griffiths, Annie Grove-White, Helen Grove-White, Isao Hashimoto, Hilda Helström, Cornelia Hesse-Honneger, Hollington and Kyprianou, Martin Howse, Pierre Hughye, Ai Ikeda, Robert Jacobs and Mick Broderick, Miyamato Katsuhiro, Yoi Kawakubo, Bridget Kennedy, Yves Klein, Erika Kobayashi, Karen Kramer, Sandra Lahire, Jessica Lloyd-Jones, Veronika Lukasova, David Mabb, Cécile Massart, Eva and Franco Mattes, William Morris, Yoshinori Niwa, Takashi Noguchi, Chris Oakley, Uriel Orlow, Trevor Paglen, Yelena Popova, Monica Ross, Susan Schuppli, Taryn Simon, Smudge Studio, Isabella Streffen, Shimpei Takeda, Nobuaki Takekawa, Kota Takeuchi, Mika Taanila and Jussi Erola, Robin Tarbet, Suzanne Treister, Alana Tyson, Mark Aerial Waller, Andy Weir, Jane and Louise Wilson, Louise K Wilson, Julia + Ken Yonetani.
“Marshall McLuhan said that art was an early warning system in times of technological change. In bringing together nuclear art and critical writings that tell our culture what is happening to it, Ele Carpenter’s compelling book proves him right.”
John O’Brian, Curator of After the Flash, 2015
“A fascinating book visualising the affects of radiation at a time when radioisotopes from Fukushima are being detected around the world.”
Dr Paul Dorfman, The Energy Institute, University College London
“It is important that different ways of understanding the nuclear industry are preserved for future generations. Artworks and books that explore nuclear culture will be archived in museum collections in perpetuity, providing an important contemporary view that is accessible to a wide range of people.”
Shelly Mobbs, Director, Eden Nuclear and Environment Ltd