Secrecy and Technology bus tour

Neal White, Secrecy and Technology bus tour
Neal White, Secrecy and Technology bus tour

The Cold War Legacy in the South - Secrecy and Technology bus tour, part of Dark Places exhibition 2009-10. Devised and led by the Office of Experiments (Neal White and Steve Rowell)

Dark Places uncovers sites of secrecy and technology across Britain presenting a range of new works by artists that explore spaces and institutions below the radar of common knowledge. The exhibitition examines how artists are evolving strategies for art as a form of knowledge production, challenging accepted patterns in contemporary culture and society.

On the final day of the exhibition, the Secrecy and Technology bus tour took place, exploring the Cold War's legacy in the South. Neal White and Steve Rowell led the tour of sites of advanced technological development in the South of England, focusing on sites that emerged during the tensions and paranoias of the Cold War.  The tour briefly visited the sites of Chilbolton Observatory, Porton Down and RAF Boscombe Down, stopping off at a nuclear bunker, before lunch at the International School for Security and Explosives Education. In the afternoon, we went to RAF Blanford to visit the Signals Museum, pausing for tea, before heading back to the John Hansard Gallery, where a small evening event laid on by the gallery launched Neal White's publication The Redactor and allowed the bus tour participants to view the exhibition.

Links to artists' websites:

Steve Rowell, Office of Experiments

Exhibition supported:

Arts Council England

The Office of Experiments’ Overt Research Project is supported by UCL Department of Geography and The Media School, Bournemouth University. Led by Neal White with Steve Rowell and Lisa Haskell.

Dark Places is commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and co-curated with the Office of Experiments, John Hansard Gallery and SCAN.


For over 20 years, Neal White has critically explored art in relation to new ideas, forms and technologies. As part of numerous collaborative endeavours – he has been developing projects, research and artworks, publications, archives, fieldworks, critical excursions as bus tours and exhibitions with academics, architects and activists. His current work explores situated practices and knowledge - drawing together environmental and ecological matters of concern with marine biologists, ecologists, coders, architects and volunteers in Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island, Dorset for Arts Catalyst's Test Sites programme