Unknown Fields Public Forum


Before I get to wrap up the last few events, here is another notice (thanks, Chris from super/collider!) for a public forum entitled ‘Unknown Fields – From the Atomic to the Cosmic’.
The second subtitle appears to be ‘Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to Baikonur Cosmodrome’.
I will definitely be going as I just cannot miss out on the line-up, which you can check out in the programme. Some of the presenters/discussants have been featured on this blog, such as Michael Madsen, director of ‘Into Eternity’ or Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, the artist who caused uproar in the scientific community after illustrating mutant insects from so-called ‘low level radiation zones’.

The event will take place at the Architectural Association Gallery
July 11th
11am – 4pm
36 Bedford Square, London
Free for all!


Into Eternity & Robinson in Ruins showing in London

Image source: ICA

If it wasn’t for the super/collider, I would have missed this amazing opportunity to get a peek into the Onkalo (Nucluear) Waste Repository, where engineers are facing the challenge to design a structure that is supposed to last for approximately 100,000 years. The film, fittingly titled ‘Into Eternity’, is currently showing at the ICA in London. I should be well enough soon to leave the house & report back! Maybe see you at one of the screenings?

Equally fittingly, my copy of the Arts Catalyst’s ‘Atomic’ has also just arrived through the post, so it will be interesting to put the two into dialogue with each other.

Image source: BFI

Another interesting film I am going to see this weekend is ‘Robinson in Ruins’. I came across this film through Doreen Massey’s (Open University Geography) involvement in it. Not knowing that much about film apart from scifi films and TV documentaries, I haven’t quite yet understood what this offering is about, but the announcement that it is about ‘sites of scientific and historical interest’ in and around Oxford narrated ‘in the style of Daniel Defoe’s Diaries’ made me curious. The obvious excitement of a film buff friend also proved very infectious. The film is currently showing at the BFI and the Renoir in London. You can watch the trailer here.