This is an eighty minute scrapbook of images, film, quotes and ideas made by Seth Cooke to accompany Bang the Bore X: Zone of Alienation, an event that took place at the Hansard Gallery in Southampton 06.08.2011. It was shown during the performances of Clocker and Counter, as well as during intervals between performances - so while it has audio during some segments, the original intention was for it to be used as silent visual accompaniment.
It doesn't reflect anyone's opinion besides his own, and he doesn't own the copyright to any of the work featured in this clip (although Stewart Brand, George Monbiot and Peter DiCampo all gave permission for their work to be shown at the event).
Please email us at bangthebore (at) googlemail (dot) com if you own the copyright to anything featured here and want it removed - we'll do so happily, without argument.
From the programme:
An accompaniment to Jane and Louise Wilson’s exhibition of photographs taken around the Chernobyl exclusion zone (which runs 12 July – 3rd September), Bang the Bore’s tenth event – their first at Southampton University’s John Hansard Gallery – presents music themed around nuclear energy in the context of the wider energy industry, culturally embedded fears, environmental impact and humanity’s ceaseless and increasing demand for more power.
In the immediate aftermath of Fukushima and the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, nuclear power barely seems out of the headlines. Yet while newsreel footage of Japan and photographs of Pripyat are filled with apocalyptic imagery, humanity is facing what many believe could be an actual apocalypse in the form of global climate change. Many scientists, environmentalists and politicians believe that nuclear energy is a compelling alternative to environmentally destructive coal power stations at a time when the industry is beset by controversy. Across the world, commentators are reassessing the risks of safety, cost, waste storage and potential proliferation against our baseload demand for power, its position within the wider portfolio of energy options, their environmental footprint, and the governmental logistics required to manage adequate infrastructure in the face of increased unease amongst their electorates.
The Zone of Alienation is the literal translation of the Ukrainian name for the radioactive exclusion zone around Chernobyl. The zone stands as both a monument to one of the worst disasters in the history of the nuclear energy industry and as a question mark, an ambiguous metaphor for many of the assumptions we make about radiation, energy and the environment. Bang the Bore will present an afternoon of music – as well as audio and visual presentations – dedicated to questioning these assumptions.
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