Luke Hurlock

University: University of Westminster

Artist Statement: Shot on location at ITER in France and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in Oxfordshire. 

Tokamak Fusion documents the current state of advancements in the field of nuclear fusion research. The word Tokamak comes from the Russian Toroidalnaya Kamera I Magnitnaya Katushka (Toroidal Chamber and Magnetic Coil) an is in reference to the fusion devices used by the leading fusion experiments. The images in this project aim to both intrigue and inform the viewer on the progress of a future technology that promises to solve one of humanity’s biggest problems, clean renewable energy production. Within a tokamak every component is millimetre perfect. When maintenance is carried out inside their vacuum chambers it is done using robot arms and remote handling. Outside of this inner core however, there is no need to preserve this level of precision. Outside is a view of apparent chaos. Anyone who has painted a painting, crafted a model or created a sculpture knows that the only place the maker needs to have completely precise, is the canvas etc. The project views CCFE and ITER as an artist's studio. In this space you find many of the tools and items that could be found in any other workplace. Whilst they do not come across as a polished, sterile white-walled facilities, this depiction highlights the aesthetic reality of working towards the future unknown.

Images from the series  Tokamak Fusion

Images from the series Tokamak Fusion