MORE LIGHT, MORE POWER, MORE PEOPLE
Sam Basu / Laura Oldfield Ford / JJ Charlesworth / Alasdair Duncan / Freee / Liam Gillick / Roger Hiorns / John Latham / Andrew Rucklidge / John Russell / Mark Titchner / WITH (withyou.co.uk)
Writing by JJ Charlesworth / Prof. Mike Dunne / James Heartfield / Joe Kaplinsky & James Woudhuysen
Energy is now a key issue of political debate. At a time when we are told that our excessive use of fossil fuels threatens the environment itself, environmentalism advocates that the only solution is restraint and reduction. FUSION NOW! asks what art and society might be like if we thought positively about a world based on more energy, not less.
Bringing together artists, social and scientific commentators, FUSION NOW! takes as its starting point the rapidly developing science of nuclear fusion. As a potentially revolutionary source of energy that, if successful, will herald an unprecedented advance in society's access to energy, nuclear fusion can provide energy that is abundant, potentially unlimited and clean. A big solution to a pressing problem, nuclear fusion is however strangely absent from public discussion. In response, FUSION NOW! presents the work of artists who explore the widest meaning of energy in art and politics, from radically divergent standpoints.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication, with writing by Prof. Mike Dunne, the head of the new EU-funded laser fusion project HiPER, technology writers James Woudhuysen & Joe Kaplinsky, and the political writer James Heartfield, with an introduction by JJ Charlesworth.
FUSION NOW! is curated by JJ Charlesworth in association with The Manifesto Club, a humanist campaigning network launched in May 2006 www.manifestoclub.com