Repository: A Typological Guide to America’s Ephemeral Nuclear Infrastructure,is a 42-card deck designed to help you spot and identify today’s temporary solutions for the storage of radioactive waste, as you pass by them on the highway or as they pass by you. (Everday!)
… Issues of communication have long surrounded nuclear waste. The titillating-terrifying “Expert Judgment on Markers To Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion Into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant,” commissioned by the Department of Energy in 1991 is a conceptual plan for a ten thousand year marker system for the WIPP nuclear storage facility. The plan involved thirteen linguists, scientists, science fiction writers and anthropologists trying to create a “Keep out” sign that would transcend changes in language, culture, and even species. The results are elegantly complex and, some would argue, futile. The temporarily and danger of nuclear waste exceeds our ability to describe it….
Repository: A Typological Guide to America’s Ephemeral Nuclear Infrastructure will launch Friday, July 6, 7pm at Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY. Artists Lado Pochkhua, Sal Randolph and anthropologist Eben Kirksey will be there for conversation and a viewing of their Migration work, part of the lager series Repositoryis part of.