Field Trip: [Im]material Nuclear Landscapes

Field Trip: [Im]material Nuclear Landscapes

Excited to be leading the field trip [Im]material Nuclear Landscapes for TimeSpan, and speaking about my research at their two-day conference Practicing Deep Time. 

The field trip is part of the Practicing Deep Time conference taking place at Timespan and in the surrounding environments of East Sutherland and Caithness on 23 + 24 March 2018. For more details and information on how to book please visit the Practicing Deep Time page.

In this field trip led by artist Sam Nightingale, we travel to Caithness – the furthest reaches of mainland Scotland – to ask how we might imagine deep time through the material and immaterial nuclear landscape? That is, through a deep time that stretches into the future as much as it finds its inheritance in the far reaches of the past. We will explore the ‘[Im]material Nuclear Landscape’; through a range of discursive activities that put into tension the concrete infrastructure that supports nuclear energy projects (and their decommissioning) and the seemingly invisible radiological traces that remain deep into the future.

The day will unfold through readings, presentations and screenings, as well as visiting the area around Dounreay Nuclear Power Development Establishment, a test facility for nuclear power technologies that is in the process of being decommissioned. We will consider artistic practices and accidental images that make perceivable the invisible, immaterial and spectral quality of the radiological. We will also look at the relationship between radiological time and deep time, and learn about the process of nuclear decommissioning and the material infrastructure that are needed to manage nuclear legacy. Before the afternoon trip to Dounreay, we will visit an exhibition about the history of the site held at Caithness Horizons. There will also be a special film screening of Susan Schuppli’s film Trace Evidence (2016): Continue Reading

Exhibition: Salon 17: New Approaches in Photography

Exhibition: Salon 17: New Approaches in Photography

A Crystalline World (2017) & Big Salt (NaCI) (2017) Four Corners Gallery, London 17 – 28 October 2017 A Crystalline World (2017) is a series of photographic salt prints made using salt collected from a disused salt mine in the Mallee, a semi-arid region of Victoria, Australia. The images show the creases of time that have been etched into… Continue Reading

EXHIBITION: SPECTRAL ECOLOGIES

EXHIBITION: SPECTRAL ECOLOGIES

Spectral Ecologies Artists: Sam Nightingale and Polly Stanton April to 18 June 2017 Mildura Arts Centre, Australia Spectral Ecologies is an exhibition of photography, sound and video that explores the landscape of the Mallee through the idea of the “cinematic”, asking how does cinema create a particular way of seeing? The artists, Sam Nightingale and… Continue Reading

El Paso

  I spent some time in El Paso a couple of years ago. It was clear to see how entwined it is culturally, socially and economically with the Mexican city of Juárez which sits just across the Rio Grande. A wall between these two cities will be destructive and divisive on so many levels. These… Continue Reading

PRACTISING DEEP TIME RESIDENCY

PRACTISING DEEP TIME RESIDENCY

TimeSpan, Helmsdale, Far North Scotland November 2016 TimeSpan’s Residency Focus: Deep Time moves beyond a human scale, beyond language, beyond fact. In Scotland’s Far North it can be seen in the geological and the nuclear: the peat bogs of the Flow country and the nuclear site of Dounreay. A consideration of deep time also suggests… Continue Reading

© Sam Nightingale 2017