Reading Group

The Nuclear Culture Reading Group welcomes students and researchers across all departments at Goldsmiths interested in the contemporary aesthetics and politics of nuclear culture.

This Spring, the groupwill focus on texts from The Nuclear Culture Source Book published by Black Dog Publishing in partnership with Bildmuseet and Arts Catalyst.

The Nuclear Culture Source Book explores contemporary art and ideas 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.

The Spring 2017 Reading Group will focus on texts and artworks including: the Crystal Palace geological model and dinosaurs; Ele Carpenters ‘Laboratory for Variable Risk Perception’ showing at the Watermans Art Center; and two exhibitions being held at the Arts Catalyst this year, Kuannersuit/Kvanefjeldt (2016) by Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway, and ‘Don’t Follow The Wind’.

Spring / Summer 2017:

Wed 8 Feb, 11am -1pm: Watermans Art Centre, Kew Bridge. Reading: Susan Schuppli, Trace Evidence: A Nuclear Trilogy, p37-42. (meet in the Objects of Transcendence Exhibition).

Wed March 8, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Arts Catalyst, 74 Cromer St, Kings Cross. Reading: Noi Sawaragi, Don’t Follow the Wind, p79-83. Gabrielle Hecht, Nuclearity, p125-128.

Wed April 26, 10.30-12.30pm: Crystal Palace Dinosaur Park. Reading: Peter C van Wyck, The Athropocene’s Signature, p23-30. (meet at the Crystal Palace train station at 10.30am, wrap up warm).