Information on the so-called ‘imperative reasons of overriding public interest’ is thin on the ground, and ambiguous at best. It was adopted in the National Policy Statement for Nuclear Energy (EN-6) by Parliament in the UK in 2011. It is based on the national need for nuclear energy and allows for adverse public opinion towards projects affecting the environment or communities on the periphery - be they ecological, economic, political or social - to be bypassed. The Institute for the Recognition of Peripheral Interests seeks to make the periphery visible - the peripheries of peripheries, centres of peripheries and the peripheries of centres - suitably appropriating the acronym that legitimises the marginalisation of the peripheral - IROPI.
IROPI will produce and commission artwork, writing, events, study visits and workshops. Our research will begin with the peripheral communities and ecologies affected by the nuclear industry and its legacy.
Visual documentation. Horonobe Underground Research Centre and Toyotomi, Hokkaido, Japan
For more information on a research strand of IROPI around the Blackwater Estuary please see here.
The research residency to Japan was funded by Art Council England's Artist's International Development Fund and the Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan