Last night I was invited to speak to a group of people interested in contemporary art (CCC Môn) at Oriel Môn, Llangefni. The meeting provided an opportunity to talk about my work around running and the body, Power in the Land and also the upcoming residency in Chile. The meeting was in welsh and it was great to be able to talk with artists, the Director of Oriel Môn, the Collections Manager (Ian who supported us with the archival exhibition) and many others about the various work and in particular Power in the Land. There was a good discussion afterwards including the future of Wylfa (both sites) and issues surrounding it. Many thanks to Brenda and Tecs.
My research continues around Lithium and its production in the Atacama Desert – requesting entry to one of the plants in particular. Lithium is termed as the ‘new petroleum’ given its vital role in the manufacture of rechargeable batteries for electric cars. It is a highly desirable mineral! Chile and Bolivia are currently major producers and the effectiveness of producing lithium carbonate from salt brines is so favourable that most hard rock mining operations have been priced out of the market.
Lithium Production Plant, Atacama Desert, Chile
The symposium aimed to unravel the claim of ‘clean’ and ‘virtual’ technologies by tracing their material realities which are made up of complex meshes of human and non-human moving parts.
Ele Carpenter kicked the day off with a great overview of the issues addressed by artists working in this area. The presentations that followed addressed such themes as the Anthropocene and forms of waste, political, social and ecological strategies, and deep time and new temporalities. A number of artists’ films were shown afterwards but I didn’t see all of them, due to time.
It was a provocative and interesting day, and for anyone interested there is a call for Practice for an online publication ‘Screenworks’ (deadline 30 September 2017). Email: email@example.com for further information.
For a fuller programme and contacts see https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/liberal-arts/research/media-convergence-research-centre/digital-ecologies-and-the-anthropocene/
Alongside the exhibition at BayArt (February 18 – March 17) we are screening extracts from artists’ films and then a discussion – followed by a screening of the documentary ‘Into Eternity’ about nuclear waste storage – at Chapter Arts Centre on February 19th, 1.00-5.00pm.
Unmissable! Check out http://chapter.org/x-10-present-eternity for more details of this free event.
Anyone who opens and reads this is welcome to join us on 23rd January, 2016 for the opening of the Wylfa Story – an archival exhibition about Wylfa nuclear power station. Click below…
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A review of/musings on a photography book about nuclear power in Germany… (he got further access than us, I think!)
Marton Fabok, who we all met at Brynddu last summer has written this article on some of the planning and other issues surrounding Wylfa A – there are some current concerns reflected in it which is interesting. Cemaes Voice: May 2015
Thanks to Bridget, I contacted Tony Dobbins at Bangor University who features in this R4 Laurie Taylor programme about redundancy and the value of re-skilling after redundancy at Anglesey Aluminium which closed in 2009. He is currently researching into post-employment at Wylfa – listening to this interview, gives some idea of the problematics facing people when large industrial complexes close down in rural locations – and echoes what some of my interviewees said to some extent, when they said that something like Wylfa A or B is just too big an industrial development for a rural island the size of Anglesey.