About the Ph.D.-project

FOLGELANDSCHAFT. Eine Untersuchung der Auswirkungen des Uranbergbaus auf die Landschaft um Gera/Ronneburg.

This thesis is exploring the consequences of uranium mining in the area around the former mining region of the Wismut SAG / SDAG in Ronneburg (East Thuringia), East Germany. The topic is viewed from historical, social, cultural-anthropological and artistic aspects and placed in the context of the worldwide requirements of the nuclear industry and the effects of uranium mining and its consequences. The thesis explains how a uranium mining landscape is created and what knowledge is important for an adequate understanding of the phenomenon. It is examined whether art can make a relevant contribution in dealing with the uranium mining landscape. It discusses artworks that have dealt with related topics. In combination of these two main aspects, the thesis investigates the question which factors shape the uranium mining landscape and whether there are meaningful fields of participation for artistic research and which conditions would have to be met for this. The core thesis of the work is that artistic work in the field of uranium mining can make relevant contributions under certain conditions. It also contains field research, interviews and the description and application of a method called “random-structured landscape observation”.