U.S. Department of TLC: Pertinent for Rocky Flats

In Art, Democracy, Environment, Nuclear Guardianship, Public Health, Rocky Flats, Workplace exposure on June 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Everyone knows what TLC means. Right? Well, maybe not. The envisioned U.S. Department of TLC (Toxic Land/Labor Conservation Service), projected to be housed in the Department of the Interior, will work with grassroots movements, non-governmental organizations and affected individuals already involved in “ending government unaccountability concerning the domestic effects of the American nuclear state. The legacy of secrecy, denial, mis-information and sacrifice that characterize Cold War government operations requires vigilant detection and continual exposition. To that end, the national TLC Service was founded to carry out the discovery  — in perpetuity — of ways to care for lands, attend to labor histories, and explore the linkages between bodies,, enviroments, and exposures. The current transformation of the nuclear complex . . . is an important opportunity to practice government differently, and to create another legacy altogether.” The Dept. of TLC will involve environmentalists, artists, nuclear workers, activists, Native communities and scholars to address the most urgent cultural and environmental justice issues regarding post-military, post-nuclear landscapes.

The initial step toward creation of the Dept. of TLC was the establishment on May 1,  2011, of the National TLC Service. The first directors of the National TLC Service are Sarah Kanouse, an artist based at the University of Iowa, and Shiloh Krupar, a cultural geographer who teaches at Georgetown University. Kanouse’s work seeks to undermine and alter spacial practices in politicized landscapes, such as military bases or nuclear installations. Krupar focuses on the politics of conservation, memory of place and environmental justice issues, including the unseen medical geographies of waste and interfaces of the body with cancer detection technology. The audacity of Kanouse and Krupar in creating the fictional/wishful National TLC Service displays a scintillating combination of political conscience and wry humor. May their tribe increase.

Of course, Rocky Flats is on their list of sites in need of TLC Service. Those of us involved with establishing Nuclear Guardianship at Rocky Flats applaud these TLC developments. See www.RockyFlatsNuclearGuardianship

To learn more about TLC, visit these sites:



http://flawedart.net/ecocultures/projects.html (a recent exhibition)


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