The National Toxic Land/Labor Conservation Service is an art and research project taking the form of a wishful federal agency dedicated to the vigilant detection and continual exposition of the domestic effects of the American nuclear state. Established by fictive legislation in 2011, the Service is charged with developing cultural programs that address domestic issues of environmental justice, labor, and human rights related to U.S. military activities. Freely mixing satire and sincerity, we devise speculative projects using an aesthetic of bureaucratic camp. Our primary initiative is the creation of the speculative National Cold War Monuments and Environmental Heritage Trail. Additionally, we conduct tours, site visits, and reviews of Cold War heritage sites as they are currently interpreted, and we present widely on our organizational mission and activities.
Visit the National TLC Service Website for full documentation.
Performative Lecture (Excerpt)
Champaign, IL – Krannert Art Museum, “Hot Spots: Radioactivity in the Landscape” (reading room), October 17, 2019-March 21, 2020
Denver, CO – Denver Public Library, “Facing Rocky Flats,” August 26-October 31, 2018
Boulder, CO – Canyon Gallery, “Facing Rocky Flats,” April 27-June 10, 2018
Colorado Springs, CO – IDEA Space, “Atomic Landscapes,” March 21-May 7, 2016
Boston, MA – Proof Gallery, “Boston Does Boston 9,” January 23-February 20, 2016
Albuquerque, NM – Central Features, “Sarah Kanouse: Show Up Show Down,” February 6-12, 2015 (solo)
New York, NY – 41 Cooper Gallery, “Monument to Cold War Victory,” 2014
Champaign, IL – Figure One Gallery, “National TLC Service Mobile Field Office,” 2013
Davenport, IA – Figge Art Museum, “University of Iowa Faculty Biennial,” 2013
Fairfax, VA – George Mason University, “EcoCultures,” 2011
Brooklyn, NY – Momenta Arts, “Institute for Wishful Thinking,” 2011
Sarah Kanouse and Shiloh Krupar, “The National Toxic Land/Labor Conservation Service,” interdisciplinary arts/research platform, 2011-2016