|'As we know, there are known knowns. There
are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns.
That is to say we know there are some things we do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns, The ones we don't know
we don't know.'
Department of Defense news briefing Feb. 12, 2002
The Bomb Project
Devastating Information; The Bomb Project
as a dense accumulation of linked imagery and documentation,
Bomb Project is an impressive on-line archive of
nuclear-related links. In addition to images and information
resources, government and non-gevernment sites, it makes accessible
declassified files produced by the nuclear industry itself.
It is still appropriate to consider these doomsday machines.
The United States alone maintains a nuclear force of over 10,000
warheads; the world's other nuclear powers may possess as many
as 20,000 more, and there is a renewed interest in radioactive
weapons like depleted uranium. Further, the atomic aspirations
of such states as Iran and North Korea continue to spark international
crises, and the possibility that terrorists might obtain and
use weapons of mass destruction creates fear.
propels Nothing.No into The
Bomb Project is also the question it raises about possible
effects of government secrecy on the perception of past events
via new knowledge from declassified imagery. How does a prior
state of secrecy affect the impact or meaning of images?
Hundreds of thousands of images was generated by weapons effects
testing in the 1950s. They were, largely, classified for many
decades. Despite government secrecy from the Cold War era through
to the present-day, much of this material has been declassified
and made available to the general public. According to editor
Joy Garnett, the "The Bomb Project" just manages to scratch
the surface. How can we then, she asks, effectively challenge
government secrecy when we've barely absorbed the information
that is available to us?
Garnett: Our government is as secretive as ever, but
more apt to deploy a great array of imagery in the public domain.
This seeming over-abundance is itself an act of mediation, but
of a subtler order. A good example of this would be the television
transmissions from the First Gulf War-the “CNN War”-and the
illusion that we were privy to the totality of the war. Only
years later were other, less triumphalist and gruesome images
declassified for public consumption. Of course, their meaning
and impact on the viewing public at the time would have been
more significant than it is now.
Bomb Project, conceived and edited by Joy Garnett, was
originally launched Spring 2000.
Bomb Project | ~ | Joy
Garnett | ~ | Furtherfield.org
: "Interview with Joy Garnett" | ~ | Joy
Garnett : "War Re-Framed" | ~ | The
Nuclear Film Declassification Project
former featured nothings
POTENT NOTHING OF CYBERSPACE - this virtual reality in which
we now are taking part ...
51 is America's most popular "secret base." This non-place
is not shown on maps and until this day the US Air Force
has refused to acknowledge its existence. The artist and
experimental geographer Trevor Paglen examines this kind
of nowhere-places through the fragmented documents that
restricted landscapes exude.
BIG NOTHING - 36 museums, galleries, science centers and
performing arts groups in Philadelphia, US, is this summer
addressing ideas of nothing, nothingness, and negation!
DESIRE FOR A TOTALIZING VIEW of our world is omnipresent.
But, according to Bruno Latour's webbased work Paris:
Invisible City, such attempts at complete cartographic
indexes on the contrary might hinder vision.
A LEGAL BLACK HOLE - The Guantanamo prison camp is a territory
beyond the reach of any law and outside the jurisdiction
of any court.
CREED: WORK NO. 79: 'SOME BLU-TACK KNEADED, ROLLED
INTO A BALL, AND DEPRESSED AGAINST A WALL
TO NORWAY! Issak Kiflu has been living in Norway for ten
years, but formally he does not exist.
CHAIR - by Heidi Rødstøl.
Installation in living room, paint on carpet, variable
YEAR OLD GANGA NEUPANE IS STATELESS Like several million
persons worldwide Ganga Neupane has no citizenship. Being
stateless means not having regular citizenship rights.
OF STREET LAMP FOR PLACING OF TIRE - On November 27, 1996,
Andreas Slominski upr ooted a lamppost in order to place
an abandoned tire around it. The tire was then later stolen.
HAS STOPPED ALL REFERENCE TO "NUMBER KILLED"
in official releases. The preferred word "casualties"
conceals responsibility and makes moral questions into
non-issues. Moreover the number of casualties is a non-subject
in the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
DAY - exposes the environmental and ethical consequences of
OF ANTIMATTER - CERN have announced that they have passed
through nature's looking glass and created atoms made of antimatter,
or anti-atoms ...
ARE NON-PERSONS - taking photographs that could "humanise
or personalise" asylum seekers has been banned by
former defense minister Peter Reith's office in Australia
- WHAT IS NOT? - a story about an encounter and about trying
to differ between fact and non-fact ...
RIGHT NOT TO BE BORN - the French parliament has passed
a bill that states that "nobody can claim to have
been harmed simply by being born". the extraordinary
bill was a response to a conviction by the French supreme
court that is said to have established the right not to
be born ...
CHILDREN - who were born out of nothing during the 31 days
of Mars 2002 ...
I KNOW / SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW - by Graham Gussin
OF TERROR AND RESPONS ON TERROR - the World Trade Center - Afghanistan
and on ...
AT ROOSEUM, Malmö's Center for Contemporary Art, 3 November
- 16 December, 2001. works by 35 artists exploring notions
of invisibility, imagination and dematerialisation ...
EVERY TENT; THE OTHER!
- consisting of two Irish green, empty tents, one raised outside
Atelier 35 in Bucharest, and one inside the gallery space
HYPER-METAPHOR; UK, RAISING TENTS
- containing, among other things, a motorway, ten tents, a
text discussion and an internet diary ...
suggestions is gratefully accepted!