What lies beneath

Landscapes of chemical and biological warfare, a project by photographer Dara McGrath entitled ‘Project Cleansweep: Beyond the Post Military Landscape of the United Kingdom’. Project Cleansweep was launched by the Ministry of Defence in 2007 to investigate ’14 former chemical weapons factories and stores across the UK for contamination’. Ironically that Guardian link contains a soon-to-die flash component, demonstrating how the trace elements of chemical warfare can outlast our technologically-driven attempts to catalogue them. Such places are fertile ground for photographers, coming in off the back of urban explorers and less covert historians and chroniclers. We’ve always been fond of Subterranea Britannica, whose existence long predates the internet. Sub Brit explorations are helpfully arranged into categories (e.g. Nuclear Weapons) and they gain access to off-the-map places around the UK (e.g. Dean Hill Royal Naval Armaments Depot) / some art. Eric Tucker’s oeuvre was only discovered after his death / Artist in the World (via Kottke) is all about the living, with André Smits travelling the world to photograph artists in contemplation in their studios / also via Kottke, a short film, How Art Arrived at Jackson Pollock / music by Kaityln Aurelia Smith / sort of related, a new book on Kraftwerk by Uwe Schütte.

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