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Fukushima, Japan, 2014

In July 2014 The Actinium exhibition took place alongside the SIAF2014 Sapporo International Art Festival in Japan. The exhibition present work by  James Acord (USA), Shuji Akagi (J), Chim↑Pom (J), Crowe & Rawlinson (UK/De), Karen Kramer (USA/UK), Cécile Massart (Belgium), Eva & Franco Mattes (USA), Thomson & Craighead (UK/Scotland). Curated by Ele Carpenter in partnership with The Arts Catalyst and S-Air. The project included the Actinium forum and field trips to nuclear sites, bringing  together artists, researchers and activists investigating nuclear culture from the UK and Japan.

The field trip to Fukushima City and Prefecture included artists Jon Thomson, Alison Craighead, Karen Kramer and Susan Schuppli, with Curator Ele Carpenter, Arts Catalyst Director Nicola Triscott, Producer Gillean Dickie, and S-Air Programme Director Kyoko Tachibana. We were guided by artists Shugi Akagi, Kota Takeuchi and Mura from Nomad.

HMS Courageous, Plymouth, UK

In 2013 the Nuclear Culture field trip to the decommissioned nuclear powered submarine HMS Courageous at Devonport Naval Base, Plymouth included Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson, Susan Schuppli, Ele Carpenter and Lucia Garavaglia.

LLW Ltd, Cumbria, UK

In 2013 Ele Carpenter traveled with artists Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead to the Low Level Waste Ltd site, near the village of Drigg in Cumbria. Like many nuclear sites, the acronym title of the site fails to fulfill the role of a proper name, and instead the site is commonly known by the name of the local town or village. Whilst the absence of a proper name could be a strategy of nuclear invisibility, it has the adverse affect of tarnishing the locale as a nuclear site. The same problem occurs with nuclear power stations and underground research laboratories.