Cold War Spaces of Secrecy and Technology
Authors: White, N. and Rowell, S.
Start date: 23 January 2010
Dark Places uncovers sites of secrecy and technology across Britain presenting a range of new works by artists that explore spaces and institutions below the radar of common knowledge. The exhibitition examines how artists are evolving strategies for art as a form of knowledge production, challenging accepted patterns in contemporary culture and society.
On the final day of the show, the Secrecy and Technology bus tour took place, exploring the Cold War's legacy in the South. Neal White and Steve Rowell led the tour of sites of advanced technological development in the South of England, focusing on sites that emerged during the tensions and paranoias of the Cold War. The tour briefly visited the sites of Chilbolton Observatory, Porton Down and RAF Boscombe Down, stopping off at a nuclear bunker, before lunch at the International School for Security and Explosives Education. In the afternoon, we went to RAF Blanford to visit the Signals Museum, pausing for tea, before heading back to the John Hansard Gallery, where a small evening event laid on by the gallery launched Neal White's publication The Redactor and allowed the bus tour participants to view the exhibition.