Chris Oakley is a video and digital imaging artist fascinated with our perception of the world, and how this is continuously altered by the world around us. The artist is concerned with our experience of mainstream media, mass communications and augmented reality.
In 2008, Chris Oakley created a film called “Half-life” which explored the histories of Harwell (birthplace of the UK nuclear industry) and the new development of fusion energy technology at the Culham facility in Oxfordshire. The film examined nuclear science research through a historical and cultural filter. With the recent widespread acceptance of the reality of climate change driven by carbon dioxide emissions, this work challenges our understanding of issues surrounding nuclear science. “Half-life” was then screened at The Arts Catalyst's “Nuclear: Art & Radioactivity” exhibition and featured in the accompanying symposium.