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Date(s) - 14/06/2012
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

 Day (6) / Brian Holmes with Otolith Group / Screening and Discussion / Turnhalle / 14.June 

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Day (6): Thursday,  June 14, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Location: Turnhalle
What: Screening and Discussion (In the Light of the Radiant: Thinking through the Global Nuclear Regime)
Who: Brian Holmes with Otolith Group


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In the Light of the Radiant: Thinking through the Global Nuclear Regime
Screening: Excerpts from A is for Atom (Adam Curtis,1992)
Discussion: with Brian Holmes, Kodwo Eshun, Anjalika Sagar

From May 5 2012, Japan entered a post nuclear world in which all 54 of its nuclear power plants were closed, for servicing. This moment is expected to end on this Saturday, June 16 2012, when Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announces his decision to restart two nuclear reactors in the town of Ohi in the prefecture of Fukui in Western Japan.

This event, entitled In the Light of The Radiant, takes the form of a screening followed by a discussion. The evening is dedicated to solidarity with activist groups within Japan such as Citizens Nuclear Information Centre (CNIC), Green Action, No Nukes Asia Forum and Peace Boat who are mobilising against this decision. A letter of protest is circulating on the nettime mailing list as part of a co-ordinated campaign of international pressure against the Japanese government. All those that would like to sign this letter should talk with Brian Holmes after our screening.

The decision of the Japanese government to reopen 2 power plants is situated within a politics of energy crisis management that has been operational since the events of March 11 2011.
On 2: 46 pm Japan Standard Time on March 11 2011, the 8. 9 intensity of the Great Tohoku earthquake triggered a tsunami which in turn triggered the partial meltdown of four reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the North Eastern Coast of Japan. The consequences of this meltdown are calculable and unknown. What is clear is that the meltdown has refocused attention on the critical role of nuclear power within neoliberal capitalism.

We are confronted with the need to think through nuclear power not as an industry or as an energy sector but as what Saubu Kohso calls a global nuclear regime that operates as a series of planetary apparatuses. This entails an ecological thinking which links the implications of Fukushima to the crises of financial dictatorship taking place now in Greece, Spain, Italy, England, US and the struggles against military dictatorship in Syria, Egypt, Libya and beyond.

Tonight’s event can be understood as one moment from an ongoing discussion on these questions. In the context of dOCUMENTA (13), this discussion locates itself within the montage of the political. As formulated by Hito Steyerl, this can be understood as the essayistic methodology that seeks to invent, to revisit and to review the ways in which nuclear power has been and is visualised and sonified as a common sense, as a sense that is held in common.

The Radiant (2012), the new film by The Otolith Group on the implications of Fukushima, offers one attempt at this montage of the political

The evening begins with A is for Atom(1992) directed by Adam Curtis. This work by Curtis offers another method of formulating a montage of the political. A is for Atom (1992) reconstructs the organisational complex of the post war nuclear power industry in America and its deployment in Japan and beyond.

Following the screening of A is for Atom, critic and theorist Brian Holmes and Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar of The Otolith Group will explore the ways in which essayistic thinking can operate as a methodology that seeks to envision nuclear power as a system rather than as an incident, as a generalised catastrophe rather than an accident.