Visions of Apocalypse land in North America

December 4, 2012

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Two mixed media exhibitions curated by Associate Professor Mick Broderick have recently been installed in North America.

Professor Broderick, from the School of Media Communication and Culture, said the works Atomicalia and Nuke York, New York reflected the cultural expression of the nuclear age.

“Atomicalia, a collection of material culture artefacts, is currently accompanying a new opera, Shelter, which premiered in Edmonton, Canada in November and will run in Toronto with Tapestry New Opera in June 2013,” Professor Broderick said.

"The opera is an allegory of the atomic age and centres around a 'nuclear family' and the birth of the bomb.

"I was delighted to be invited to display part of my collection with the opera since it demonstrates how we have domesticated nuclear imagery in our patterns of consumption from the early Cold War through to today."

Professor Broderick also installed a second, separate exhibition in Manhattan, co-curated with historian Robert Jacobs from Hiroshima City University.

Nuke York, New York shows how America, and particularly New York, has been imagined as subject to nuclear annihilation in varying popular culture forms since the day after the atom bombing of Hiroshima in August 1945.

"The installation was first shown last year at Cornell University for the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks," Professor Broderick said.

"This new set up at CUNY's Macaulay Honors College coincidentally followed within weeks of the devastating super storm Sandy that recently deluged the city.

“It provided something of a tragic context for local audiences, with several CUNY students perishing in the storm, so I was conscious in discussing the display to be particularly sensitive to those traumatic events."

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