Nuclear Culture: HADES field trip
In the week of July 11th the Nuclear Culture project is organising a field research trip to HADES, Belgium's underground research lab for geologic disposal of high level radioactive waste in Dessel.
Nuclear Culture project
Nuclear Culture is an international research project that looks at nuclear waste and radiation from a broader cultural perspective.
The project brings together artists and scientist who've been working on these topics. How to preserve and manage nuclear waste, and how to communicate about contaminated sites to future generations; are some of the issues the project wants to address.
Nuclear Culture was initiated by curator Ele Carpenter and the London organization Arts Catalyst.
HADES research field trip
Artists Kota Takeuchi (JP), Andy Weir (UK), David Griffiths (UK) and curators Ils Huygens (Z33) and Ele Carpenter (Arts Catalyst) will spend three days visiting Z33 in Hasselt, meeting with the partners at ONDRAF / NIRAS and going into the underground research laboratory.
Constructed in 1980 the HADES lab is 255m underground and built in a deep clay for the purpose of researching the possibility of geological disposal in clay. Like underground laboratories in France, Sweden and Japan, the research lab is not intended to be used as a final repository for radioactive waste. Hades is also the Greek God of the underworld.
The research results will be shown in future project by Z33 within the context of Studio Time, more specifically regarding the topic Deep Time. Studio Time is a new long term research trajectory by Z33 that will lead to different projects, exhibitions, lectures and events.
More info soon on the Z33 Research-website www.z33research.be
Arts Catalyst project site: artscatalyst.org/nuclear-culture-project-201617
Nuclear Culture Research blog: nuclear.artscatalyst.org
Z33research.be: Studio Time
HADES onderzoekslaboratorium euridice.be/nl/content/het-ondergrondse-laboratorium-hades
Kota Takeuchi www.artscatalyst.org/artist/kota-takeuchi kota-takeuchi.net
Dave Griffith www.artscatalyst.org/artist/dave-griffiths www.davegriffiths.info
Andy Weir www.artscatalyst.org/artist/andy-weir andyweir.info
Photo: inside HADES via www.euridice.be