MADA Talks: David Burns – Extraterritoriality and the Bomb
Join us for a talk by architectural designer, researcher, curator and artist David Burns (Royal College of Art / Goldsmiths).
In “Extraterritoriality and the Bomb”, Burns will examine the nuclear weapons tests conducted by the British in South Australia in relation to forms of political, juridical, and extraterritorial production. Vast expanses of irradiated land were excised from use and placed outside of sovereignty. If the 18th century British declaration of terra nullius attempted to erase 60,000 years of Aboriginal history, the first nuclear blast in 1953 erased tens of thousands of years of future history. The test fields become proto-photographic, their histories inscribed with light and overlaid with human technology.
David Burns’ research intersects architecture, photography, and politics. He holds degrees in architecture from Columbia University and the University of Tennessee, and is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London (supervisors - Eyal Weizman and Susan Schuppli). From 2009-2015 he was Director of Photography and Situated Media at University of Technology Sydney. He is currently Coordinator of Media Studies at the Royal College of Art School of Architecture in London.