THE FOLLOWING QUIET IS BROKEN BY CHEERING FROM THE CROWDS, THE BIRDS FLEEING TO THE SKY AND HUGE CLOUDS OF DUST WAFTING SLOWLY AWAY
Video Essay, 47’02” – 2 channel HD Video
2019, USA, Germany
Author: Irina Novarese
SCREENING DATE: Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April 2020 – 48 hours available on Vimeo HIER&JETZT: Connections
An extensive collection of different Materials about the history of the NRTS-INL* Area in Idaho is the starting point for the Video Essay. Local and national newspaper articles, photographs and footage from field research and archives are the data associated and connected in a new “sometimes true, sometimes fictional“ narration about the territory surrounding the INL facilities. Precisely, focusing on the concept of expectation and how this idea is related, positively and negatively, to different aspects of the reality concerning the INL area and history: From the real estate industry (which was supposed to sell a pleasant community life to the INL’s workers, in the city of Arco and Atomic City), to the dream like idea that nuclear energy is safe, to people’s necessity to have a job. Parallel to that, the history of nuclear research, the increasing of atomic tests during the cold war, and the philosophy of propaganda are some of the themes the work offers to the audience’s reflection. Personal fear and archive materials becomes part of a dual screen video in which the observer is free to associate and play further between the information’s layers.
The Video Essay has been realized for the 4th annual exhibition Holding What Can’t be Held inspired by the radioactive “clean-up” site at the Idaho National Laboratory (USA) presented at MING Studios, Boise ID (US).
* the INL area changed name (and property) during the years
NRTS “ National Reactor Testing Station (from 1949)
INEL “ Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (from 1977)
INEEL “ Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (from 1997)
INL “ Idaho National Laboratory (from 2005)
Irina Novarese’s work is comprised of installations, drawing, video, artist books and interdisciplinary collaborative projects both as artist and organizer. She received a BA in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Turin (IT) and a MA in Art in Context from UdK, Berlin. Her work has been presented in solo shows in Italy, Germany, Spain, Venezuela, and in the US and among other group exhibitions including: the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale (2006), the 2nd Ghetto Biennale in Haiti (2012) and the MOR Museo organico Romerillo during the 12th Havana Biennial (2015). Irina Novarese has lived and worked in Berlin since 2000. In 2017, she co- founded the artist initiative HIER & JETZT: Connections.