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      The Spectrality of Nuclear Catastrophe: The Case of Chernobyl

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      Politics of the Machines - Art and After (EVA Copenhagen)

      Digital arts and culture

      15 - 17 May 2018

      Nuclear catastrophe, Chernobyl, Environmental studies, Autoethnography, Nonhuman agencies, Dark ecology, Hauntology, Postmemory, Interactive art, Sound design

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          The paper is a presentation of our research focused on the ecological disaster caused by the explosion of the nuclear power plant reactor in Chernobyl in 1986, in terms of its social, cultural and artistic context. We apply the concepts of hyperobject (Morton) and hauntology (Derrida), and autoethnographic method (Adams, Jones, Ellis), in an attempt to reveal human and nonhuman agencies in the description of the catastrophe’s long-term cultural consequences. In the autoethnographic and investigative-artistic part of our research we analyse our interactive installation, Post-Apocalypsis (2015), but also historical facts and private narratives. The notion of hyperobject in connection with the autoethnographic methods and investigative-artistic part of our research serves to trace the process of displacing phenomena, facts and private narratives about the Chernobyl accident in the context of time and space. The concept of hauntology enabled us to go beyond the uncovering of recurring cultural, political, social micronarrations and fear about nuclear energy in Poland.

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                Author and article information

                Contributors
                Conference
                May 2018
                May 2018
                : 1-8
                Affiliations
                [1 ] Humanities /Art /Technology Research Centre

                Adam Mickiewicz University

                Poznan, Poland
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/EVAC18.30
                © Jelewska et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA Copenhagen 2018, Denmark

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                Politics of the Machines - Art and After
                EVA Copenhagen
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                Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
                15 - 17 May 2018
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Digital arts and culture
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                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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