Public Talk & Screening

Event Start Date:
March 24, 2017
Event End Date:
March 24, 2017
Event Venue:
Ashkal Alwan, Beirut

Trace Evidence

Followed by Q&A led by Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Friday, March 24 | 8PM

Within environmental justice work, establishing the incontrovertible relationship between cause and effect has proven a difficult legal challenge. The spatial dispersal of contaminates and temporal latency of their material and biological effects, which may take years, even decades to emerge, has allowed global climate-change actors and states to operate with virtual impunity. But the nuclear isn’t like other complex, non-linear events. Despite its radical and covert nature, the unique signature and behaviour of radioactive isotopes allows its lethal traces to be tracked directly back to their source, re-connecting the evidential links that planetary phenomena has seemingly torn apart. Through discussion and a screening this event seeks to explore the ways in which materials carry “trace evidence” of their encounters with external, often violent events. It also asks how we might in turn, go about exhorting the testimonial from the trace?

This public talk is part of HWP 2016-17 Head Above Water, Workshop III led by Lawrence Abu Hamdan