Delegation of the European Union
to the International Organisations in Vienna

Art Spaces - Nuclear Decommissioning: Science at the Service of Future Generations

04/12/2019 - 19:43
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To celebrate EU - IAEA cooperation the EU Delegation to the International Organisations in Vienna and the European Commission Joint Research Centre organised an exhibition at the Vienna International Centre with as title "Art Spaces". The exhibition presented the program for nuclear decommission and radioactive waste management in an innovative way: trough the art. Using art to show that the important aspect of effective sustainable policy to preserve future generations, is to have efficient decommissioning programmes of nuclear waste. This shows EU's strong commitment to environmental protection, its sustainable development, health & safety measures which is fundamental in order to ensure present & future protection, appropriate radioactive waste management and a transparent interaction with stakeholders. The exhibition has presented 52 works of art in which some of the greatest artists coming from all over the world have reinterpreted the drums used in nuclear decommissioning for waste, making them become works of contemporary art.

To celebrate "EU-UN 40 Years TOGETHER in Vienna" and to highlight the excellent cooperation between the EU and its Member States with the IAEA, "Art Spaces" demonstrates, in a less conventional way, our common goals and interests.

An important aspect of effective sustainable policy to preserve the future generations is to have efficient decommissioning programmes of nuclear waste. Waste, which most of us don't even realise is produced from our daily activities in for example in the medical sector or in production and recycling of electronic equipment and so on.

This exhibition is an indication of the EU and JRC’s strong commitment to environmental protection, its sustainable development, and the health and safety measures. This is fundamental in order to ensure present and future public and environment protection, appropriate radioactive waste management and a transparent interaction with stakeholders. Then what a better place for organising such an exhibition, than the Rotunda at the Vienna International Centre, where the EC, the JRC and IAEA have a long lasting and great collaboration in several research & technology areas since few decades!!

The intention of this event is to bridge the distance between research, technology, public and policy makers through the vision of contemporary art.

In line with the MS legislation and the European Commission’s transparency policy, the “Art Spaces” idea is born at the Joint Research Centre (JRC-Ispra - Italy) with the requirement to inform the local communities and stakeholders about nuclear decommissioning programmes. “Art Spaces”, the title given to the event, highlights the correlation between the volume of a huge interim storage building that will host the waste coming from two research reactors which will be dismantled on the JRC-Ispra site, and the drum’s capability to become an artwork. Since the success of the first event at JRC-Ispra in autumn 2017, the event has been taken the form of a travelling exhibition through Europe, it was hosted in the City Hall of Varese, at the “Biennale” in Venice, in Genua in the modern art museum, Bratislava and now here in Vienna.

Through the combination of art and science, the event seeks to improve science and technology connection with society and to illustrate how an ‘holistic’ creative approach to knowledge and dissemination, is capable of successfully meeting societal challenges. It is also a unique opportunity to involve the general public in the work of the JRC and the European Commission about the nuclear dismantling that the MSs have to pursue.

This exhibition is able to establish a dialogue between citizens, the scientific community and the authorities, by looking through the eyes of the artistic community at a complex and delicate topic like the decommissioning of nuclear installations and the management of the resulting waste, using an innovative approach. This event is a concrete opportunity for all citizens to actively participate in a unique experience!

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