How might future generations be warned of the risks of radioactive waste, which can remain dangerous for 100,000 years? Gordon Young meets the artists finding creative solutions.
Radioactive waste can remain dangerous to humans for 100,000 years. Nations with nuclear power are building underground storage facilities to permanently house it, but how might they mark these sites for future generations? The nuclear industry is turning to artists for creative solutions. How might artists create a warning that will still be understood and heeded so far into the future? Radioactive Art meets artists whose work deals with issues around nuclear legacy, and visits the nuclear agency in France that has sought their input.
Presented by Gordon Young and Produced by Beatrice Pickup.
With contributions from:
Jean-Noël Dumont - Memory Division at ANDRA, the French nuclear agency
Stéfane Perraud - Visual Artist and creator of the 'Blue Zone'
Aram Kebabdjian - Writer and creator of the 'Blue Zone'
Mari Keto - Art jeweller and creator of 'Inheritance'
Erich Berger - Artist and creator of 'Inheritance'
Ele Carpenter - Curator of the Nuclear Culture Project funded by the Arts Catalyst and curator of the 'Perpetual Uncertainty' exhibition at the Bildmuseet in Umeå, Sweden
Richard Edmondson - Operations Manager at Sellafield Ltd
Tim Hunkin - Cartoonist and Engineer, owner of Novelty Automation in London.