Walking Atomic Vegas: Ritual, Memorial and Toxic Landscapes
As part of a larger conversation around memorial design, this presentation proposes the use of ritualised walking to mark and remember invisible threats and the “slow violence” of contaminated landscapes undergoing gradual change. To exemplify the idea, the presentation describes our design proposal for a Plutonium Memorial, which would be a mnemonic device for marking the location of a proposed nuclear waste storage facility buried deep under the iconic Las Vegas Strip. Supported with evidence that ritual is commonly used to reinforce collective conscience and memory outside the sacred realm, the core of this memorial design would be regularised and ritualised pilgrimages from one of the most important and symbolic American landscapes, Las Vegas, through the equally prominent Grand Canyon to the less well-known uranium mines in Arizona (the source of nuclear power).
Liska Chan is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Design at the University of Oregon. Her creative practice is rooted in representing invisible aspects of landscapes. She works across an array of topics including land art, mapping, urban history and landscape perception.
More information at www.liskachan.com
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, 1098 XG Amsterdam
|Convenor:||Dr. Pedram Dibazar|