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Eve Andree Laramee
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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.


    Derrida defines “absolute invisibility” as standing outside of range and register of visual perception; phenomena that can only be perceived through the other senses or detected by other means. It is absolutely outside vision, and thus, secret.

    I address the nonvisibility of radiation as “secret visibility” in the installation, Halfway to Invisible, (2009) commissioned by Emory University Center for Creativity. Because of Emory’s proximity to the Center for Disease Control, I chose the CDC as the intended audience by focusing on the epidemiological and genetic/biological impact of uranium mining in the American Southwest. Between 1949 and 1989, these mines produced more than 225,000,000 tons of uranium ore. This activity affected a large number of Native American nations, including the Laguna, Navajo, Zuni, Southern Ute, Ute Mountain, Hopi, Acoma and other Pueblo cultures. Many of these peoples worked in the 4,000 mines, mills and processing plants in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. These workers were not only poorly paid, they were seldom informed of dangers nor were they given appropriate protective gear. The government, mine owners, scientific, and health communities were all well aware of the hazards of working with radioactive materials at this time. Due to the Cold War demand for increasingly destructive and powerful nuclear weapons, these laborers were both exposed to and brought home large amounts of radiation in the form of dust on their clothing and skin.

    Epidemiologic studies of the families of these workers have shown increased incidents of radiation-induced cancers, miscarriages, cleft palates and other birth defects. Halfway to Invisible questions how these events may have influenced evolutionary processes and produced genetic casualties in these communities.

    Is our atomic legacy producing genotoxic effects in indigenous human populations? If so, what is the extent of DNA damage, and how might this affect these populations in the future?

    The installation includes sixty small light-boxes containing photographic transparencies of radial gene maps and cancer cells with superimposed text, as well as micro- photographs of extremophile organisms currently under study as bioremediation agents for radioactive waste. A viewer-activated kinetic sculpture made from laboratory animal cages, a video sculpture interpretation of genetic mutation housed in a Haliburton case containing Cold War era artifacts, and a video projection of genetic material breaking off from a cell immersed in a solution of uranyl acetate.
    Wed, Oct 17, 2012  Permanent link

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    Invisible Fire is an installation of repurposed Depression glass that fluoresces under ultraviolet light due to the use of uranium oxide as a colorant. Depression glass production sharply curtailed during the Cold War and has since become a “collectible.” The green glass also references trinitite, an anthropogenic mineral; the glassy residue produced during nuclear weapon tests, by melting and fusing the silica in desert sand into a radioactive green glass. The piece was installed within an architectural anomaly in New York City: a "stairway to nowhere" in the basement between two townhouses in the West Village.
    Wed, Oct 17, 2012  Permanent link

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    In his essay, Unknown Quantity, Paul Virilioproposes a Major Accident Museum, not to spread fear but to definitively admit that accidents are cumulative realities not chance events. Exposing and exhibiting the accident, catastrophe or disaster, we are made aware of the indirect production of science and techno-science, as a responsibility to future generations. We can begin to do so by overcoming our cultural anxiety and denial of the hazards of that invisible “unknown quantity”: radioactivity.

    The video Uranium Decay draws attention to the dark, inverse form of alchemy of the Atomic Age. Responding to the ongoing Fukushima meltdowns the video illuminates the 4.47 billion-year half-life decay cycle of uranium-238 superimposed onto thermographs and news footage. As uranium decays over geological time, it transmutes into “uranium daughters” that cascade into other elements and finally to stable Lead-206. As we are learning post-Fukushima, when climate change occurs and vulnerability spectrums shift, nuclear sites and the life forms surrounding them are at increased risk.

    Link to video http://vimeo.com/32589863
    Wed, Oct 17, 2012  Permanent link

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    Dust collected from Marcel Duchamp's "The Bride Stripped Bare From Her Bachelors, Even" in the Philadelphia Museum.
    Collection site: the metal bar separating the upper domain of the bride from the lower domain of the bachelors.
    Actual size: approximately 1/4" diameter
    Sat, Mar 8, 2008  Permanent link

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    Our quirky blog for the class:
    (Un)Identfied Flying Objects
    I am teaching this semester at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

    flyingoutofthisworld.blogspot.com

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    Thu, Feb 21, 2008  Permanent link

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    screenshot, Google Sky
    Fri, Feb 1, 2008  Permanent link

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    screen shot, Google Sky
    Leo, Andromeda Galaxy NGC 3628
    Coordinates: RA 02:03:58.0, DEC 28:49:01.
    Fri, Feb 1, 2008  Permanent link

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    Sun, Jan 27, 2008  Permanent link

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