During their time in Japan, they will meet with scientists, geographers, historians, activists and residents, including people local to the town of Toyotomi near Horonobe, where the engineering and geological research into radioactive waste storage takes place. Visits to Horonobe Underground Research Centre and Tomari Nuclear Power Plant will form an important part of the residency, which will inform their current project on nuclear culture, the Blackwater Estuary, and the complex issues around history, heritage and ecology as well as the geo-politics of energy production, consumption and subsequent ‘disposal’ in order to draw parallels between global industrial-natural sites of energy use and the communities that surround them.
This residency forms part of a wider, ongoing collaboration between S-AIR and Arts Catalyst who have partnered on several projects, including a number of artist and curator residencies, as well as co-producing the Actinium exhibition, forum and research programme, curated by Ele Carpenter, as part of Sapporo’s International Art Festival Collaborative Programme in 2014. In July 2016 artist Kota Takeuchi completed a residency at Arts Catalyst – during which time he researched the deep time concerns of monuments, site markers and memory around the UK and Belgium – and from September 2016-August 2017 S-AIR’s Programme Director Kyoko Tachibana is Curator-in-Residence at Arts Catalyst.
During their residency at Tenjinyama Art Studio, facilitated by S-AIR, Japan, Ravinet and Harper will be taking over Arts Catalyst's Instagram account, giving glimpses of the locations that will inform their future research and work. Follow us on Instagram via @ArtsCatalyst to stay up to date.