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Blueprints for survival: Artists construct The Civil Defense Information Centre

Diamond, Sara (1982) Blueprints for survival: Artists construct The Civil Defense Information Centre. Fuse Magazine, 6 (3). pp. 132-137. ISSN 0838-603X


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Vancouver's status as a major target area has led to an increasing need for information
facilities to provide the public with blueprints for survival from nuclear attack.
Current data forecast two to three megaton warheads targeted at the VancouverVictoria
area. (Civil Defense Information Centre, Press Release, Jan. 1982).
When the Vancouver Sun printed this statement verbatim they believed that they
were excerpting from a press release by the federal government. In fact, they were
providing an advertising channel for a multi-media anti-nuke exhibition created by
three Vancouver artists, Laura Hackett, Dean Mitchell and Daniel Werger.
The three recent graduates of Emily Carr College of Art, working in collaboration,
sought to create a show which would grasp at the growing public fear of nuclear
annihilation. Their two week presentation (Feb. 1-14, 1982, Unit Pitt Gallery,
Vancouver) combined performance, video, sculpture, architectural media, slides and
blueprints within the gallery space and a media and leafletting assault without. They
were unusually successful in their ability to educate a mass audience, rupture
traditional gallery space and in their generation of mass media coverage. In this
interview, FUSE talks to Laura Hackett and Dean Mitchell.

Item Type: Article
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2017 18:56
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 17:31
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1814

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