Dr. Terry Ownby, Associate Professor of Photo Media at Idaho State University, presented a paper at the Geomedia 2017 international conference held at Karlstad University in Sweden. Ownby’s paper investigated the intersection of photographic, cartographic, and remote sensing methodologies used in the creation of his on-going nuclear photography series, “Hidden in Plain View: Human Contact with Nuclear Missiles.” The photographic series interrogates the interaction between tourists and citizens recreating and living within the boundaries of a U.S. National Park Service unit, which itself is within the boundaries of America’s first and still active Minuteman missile complex.
Graduate and Emerging Scholars Symposium From Trinity to Fukushima and Beyond
Saturday March 10, 2016 University of Montreal
Organizing Committee : Amandine Davre, Livia Monnet, Suzanne Paquet, Mathieu Li-Goyette.
For information on the conference contact Livia Monnet
Conference keynote speaker Robert Del Tredici is a photographer and writer whose first encounter with the nuclear age occurred while documenting the 1979 reactor melt-down at Three Mile Island. He next travelled to Hiroshima and Nagasaki to meet and photograph survivors of the first atomic bombs. This was preparation for a six- year endeavour to document all twelve of the H-bomb factories throughout the United States. Along the way, he interviewed nuclear pioneers, atomic workers, radiation victims, and activists. He then tracked the Soviet Bomb, the attempted cleanup of the US nuclear weapons complex, Canadian uranium mines, and the site of the world’s oldest and largest uranium refinery, Port Hope, Ontario. He has published five books of photographs and text on the nuclear age.
His keynote presentation at the Nuclear Arts Conference will explore the concept of the Nuclear Uncanny — those shape-shifting, fleeting, everlasting, invisible, contradictory materials, energies, perceptions, and anxieties that permeate the nuclear age yet continually evade our grasp. Del Tredici believes that the Nuclear Uncanny can be best captured in art.
Recent debates on the Anthropocene have proposed July 16, 1945 – the date of the Trinity nuclear test conducted in the Jornada del Muerto desert in New Mexico – as the official beginning of this human-induced geologic era. The Nuclear Age has produced a rich archive of nuclear-themed works and representations spanning all genres – post-apocalyptic dystopia, fantasy, horror, comedy, mystery fiction — and all media platforms, from the visual arts, literature, cinema, and television to comics, graphic novels, manga, and video games.
This graduate-and-emerging-scholars symposium proposes to examine some of the productions and mutations of the nuclear arts and cultures in the 20th and 21 centuries. The primary objective of the symposium is to establish a transnational network of young researchers and emerging scholars (MA, doctoral and postdoctoral students, junior scholars) working on the nuclear arts and nuclear culture in the US, Japan, India, France, UK, Germany, Australia, South and North Korea, China, Russia and elsewhere. The symposium also seeks to explore new approaches, theories, and methodologies for the analysis, interpretation, and reimagining of the global nuclear ecology in the arts and in popular culture – in particular in the current, post-Fukushima context when the danger of other nuclear accidents, and of nuclear proliferation in Asia seems imminent.
Society for Photographic Education 2017 National Conference
Saturday, March 11 – 9:00AM to 10:45AM
The concept of the nuclear family can be understood metaphorically with reference to the atomic age, which intrinsically connects humanity as a transglobal family. This panel focuses on three early milestones. Joining 5,000 pilgrims to the Trinity Site, Mary Kavanagh explores the global phenomenon of nuclear tourism and the anxieties of the new age. The crumbling facilities of Utah’s Wendover Airfield, where the Enola Gay prepared for its combat mission, are the subject of Mark Klett’s plea for historic preservation. Haunted by the gaze of a Nagasaki teenager suffering catastrophic burns, Katy McCormick grapples with the ethics of hibakusha photography.
Photographer and Film Studies teacher Robert Del Tredici with curator John O’Brian will present images on the nuclear age at the Jarislowsky Institute (3rd floor, EV Bldg) on 16 February 2017, at 4:00 pm after a 2:00 tour of the Center for Contemporary Architecture exhibition “It’s All Happening So Fast.”
More information: https://www.concordia.ca/finearts/cinema/cunews/finearts/cinema/film-studies/2017/02/photographing-the-nuclear-body.html
Contact email: Marthalangford@sympatico.ca
Art Exhibit: elin o’Hara slavick: Illuminated Artifacts
January 9 – February 3, 2017
Wilson Hall/Staniar Gallery
Using alternative photographic processes such as 19th century techniques and contemporary digital technology, elin o’Hara slavick’s conceptual practice revolves around the idea of making visible what we often do not see. This exhibition features photographic works from After Hiroshima, images of A-Bombed artifacts made in Japan, and Found Walking, an ongoing series based on objects collected on meditative walks. Both bodies of work are records of loss and hope, decay and survival, revealing the effects of time and the spectacular beauty of mundane things. An activist, educator, mother, poet, critic, curator and artist, slavick never separates form from function, theory from practice, or utopian concept from material reality. She is a Distinguished Professor at UNC, Chapel Hill, where she built the photography program. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she is the author/artist of two monographs – Bomb After Bomb: A Violent Cartography (Charta 2007) with a foreword by Howard Zinn and essay by Carol Mavor and After Hiroshima (Daylight, 2014) with an essay by James Elkins.
Terry Ownby is associate professor of photo media, photo history, and visual culture at Idaho State University, USA. He holds a PhD in visual media studies, MA in media communication, and a BS in media/photography. His photography has been exhibited on the west and east coasts, along with numerous venues in the heartland. He has presented his research in Europe and the Middle East, with manuscripts in the library collections at Yale University. He is also a retired military veteran with nearly 23 years of service.
Canadian Center for Architecture, 1920 rue Baile. Vernissage: 7:00 pm
November 16 to April 9, 2017.
A thought-provoking group exhibition providing a critical review of Canada’s policies on environmental issues.
Photographer Robert Del Tredici has 9 large photographic prints in the nuclear section of the show. Entitled “Glimpses of Nuclear Ontario”, his images depict nuclear reactors, uranium processing facilities, and nuclear waste sites throughout Ontario, with a special emphasis on the town of Port Hope one hour east of Toronto.
In addition to teaching The History of Animated Film at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Robert Del Tredici has been engaged in documenting the nuclear age. He has exhibited widely and produced five books of photos and text on the US nuclear weapons complex and the accident at Three Mile Island. He has documented protests, test sites, waste sites, nuclear pioneers, down-winders, and nuclear commemorations in Hiroshima, Russia, Kazakhstan, the USA, and across Canada. He has of late been particularly interested in the charming town of Port Hope (population 18,000), which hosts one of the oldest and largest uranium processing plants in the world. Over time the town has become contaminated with radioactive materials from routine operations from the uranium plant, as well as from materials dumped in ditches, used as fill, and released into nearby Lake Ontario. Port Hope is currently engaged in a $1.2 billion radioactive cleanup – the biggest municipal cleanup in Canadian history. Del Tredici has made many trips to Port Hope; his images of the town at the Center for Architecture provide a glimpse of the elusive issues at play in slow-motion in Canada’s most nuclear town and province.
Takashi Aria has been using the classical photographic process of daguerrotypes since 2010 to record nuclear issues, which he finds far better for recording and transmitting interactions with his subjects than modern photography and which is evocative of the earliest photographs of Japan. Arai’s work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mori Art Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, among other international venues.
Gordon Belray has been working with lens based archives since 2011 to create large narrative tableaux from hundreds of film stills and photographs reminiscent of history paintings. His image of the Trinity test, La Jornada del Muerto will be published this Spring by Manifest Gallery’s international annual on photography.
It is exactly twenty-five years to the day of the signing of the presidential decree ordering the unconditional closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear weapon testing area. Nursultan Nazarbaev, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan signed the decree into law on August 29, 1991.
A copy of that decree is provided in Juri Kuidin’s book Nuclear Tragedy of Kazakhstan.
“Annie’s Fury” David Wargowski 2016
The Nuclear Forum of the World Social Forum presents a photographic exhibition by Robert Del Tredici and The Atomic Photographers Guild, The Legacy of the Nuclear Age.
Monday August 8
Tuesday August 9
ESG UQAM Bldg / Room R-M140
315 St Catherine East
Wednesday August 10
Thursday August 11
Friday August 12
University / McConnell Engineering Bldg, Room 12