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10%: Concerning the Image Archive of a Nuclear Research Center

10%: Concerning the Image Archive of a Nuclear Research Center

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Publisher: Spector Books, 2021. ISBN: 9783959054768. Format: Softcover, 195 x 270 mm, 520pp. 

Unknown lady in the radiation department, puddle, dancing couple in costume, damage to a waste drum, retiree send-off, lead shielding, burnt-out glovebox, 'scorpion' with microchip – these are all captions to pictures of Germany’s first major nuclear research facility. In 1956, professional photographers began making an on-site record of procedures at the Nuclear Research Center Karlsruhe (KfK). In 2017, the decision was made to digitise 10 percent of this visual archive. Using current concerns about the whereabouts of contaminated nuclear waste as a springboard, the publication brings together over thirty viewpoints from the realms of art, sociology, politics, and science as well as the accounts of people directly involved with the facility. 10% sets out to delineate and visualise nuclear research.