Reactor was the first true collaboration between the artists involved with the group and subsequently where it derived its name.
Housed throughout the four floors of an old factory building, Reactor offered the chance to interact with a unique labyrinth of dynamic installations designed to provoke and inspire direct exchanges of operation, destruction, creation and mutation. The works within this event were formed over an extended period at the site and emerged from an ongoing dialogue amongst the group, focused on evolution and hands on interaction. Over a ten-day period the visitors influence fed back into the work as visitors of all ages were encouraged to step out of the usually passive role of the viewer into an active investigation of their own relationship with their immediate surroundings.
Creation before the destruction in this vast factory building which is soon to be reduced to rubble.
Reactor was the meltdown of a series of events staged by Nottingham groups Graze and Aldaran. These events took place at an abandoned factory space on Ilkeston Road, Nottingham. The events, constantly under threat of erasure from developers, earned the moniker Apocalypse Soon.
Like the scientific revelation of repelling magnetic forces, it is a binary attraction which proves irresistible. As was much of the work shown, the final apocalypse was an alchemy of vibrant contemporary art and community interaction.
Reactor took place in a empty warehouse (Nottingham - UK) in 2002, and was supported by East Midlands Arts and New Deal for Communities.