Film: Return of the Atom (2015, 110 min).
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:20 PM
The event is for: students - anyone - employees
This Tuesday evening, we are showing the documentary Return of the Atom by Mika Taanila and Jussi Eerola (2015, 110 min) as part of the programme for the Perpetual Uncertainty exhibition. Language: English. Free admission – welcome!
Finland was the first country in the West to give permission for construction of a new nuclear power plant after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Construction of the Olkiluoto Power Plant (OL3) in Euraåminne (Eurajoki) began in 2004, and the plant was to be completed in just five years. However, the project has run into problems, and there have been many delays. The latest reports indicate that it should be in service in 2018.
Return of the Atom is a documentary, but it has also been described as a black comedy and satire of the complex process. For more than a decade, Mika Taanila and Jussi Eerola have followed construction of OL3. There is hardly any resistance to nuclear power in the surrounding community, which creates a special frame of mind among the locals and allows room for paranoid scenarios.
The exhibition Perpetual Uncertainty / Contemporary Art in the Nuclear Anthropocene brings together artists from Europe, Japan, the USA and Australia to investigate experiences of nuclear technology, radiation and the complex relationship between knowledge and the deep time.
The artworks explore how nuclear weapons and nuclear power has influenced our interpretation of concepts such as archives, memory, knowledge and time. How can we understand and visualise the ungraspable timeframe of radioactive half-life? How can we archive and communicate knowledge about radioactivity from generation to generation, hundreds of thousands of years into the future?
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