Elise Alloin, Grit Ruhland, Agnès Villette Topologies of Care
03 December 2019 – 25 January 2020
In mathematics, topology is the study of a geometric object that preserves its properties under continuous deformation. Marking sites across (deep) time, ideally, is a topological exercise. In this interactive exhibition, the artists Elise Alloin, Grit Ruhland and Agnès Villette each present their own concept for a nuclear waste marker. Experimenting with past, present and future practices of storytelling to engage with the continuous presence of nuclear waste and contaminated sites, the exhibition is not only a display but asks its viewers to contribute to the fabulation of a topology of care via analogue and digital media.
About the artists
Elise Alloin is an art practice researcher and artist graduated in Fine Arts at Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin, Strasbourg in 2013. She explores, through artistic installations, aspects of the relationship our societies develop with radioactivity since the physical phenomena has been discovered. She collaborates with nuclear researchers since 2014 (CNRS) and is currently guest researcher at the CRESAT, University of Haute Alsace.
Grit Ruhland is a PhD-candidate at Bauhaus University Weimar – researching the impacts of Uranium mining on the landscape of East-Germany. Her artistic work is based on a conceptual approach, and involves projects within Community Arts, Public Art, Sound Art, and interaction with scientific institutes and topics. Keywords are cognition, space, technology, landscape and participation. She received her degree in 2005 in Fine Arts at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden.
Agnès Villete is a PhD candidate at Winchester School of Art, her practice based doctorate in Nuclear Aesthetics investigates the Radioactive Ruins of the Norman territory of La Hague. She is also a freelance journalist with an art practice in photography. Trained in literature, she gained an Agrégation in Modern Literature at Paris Sorbonne and a Master in Art Photography at London College of Communication, London. She is currently developing four art projects at the intersection of photography, writing and theory