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Published: 16 Sep, 2016

Perpetual Uncertainty / Contemporary Art in the Nuclear Anthropocene

NEWS Perpetual Uncertainty brings together artists from Europe, Japan, the USA and Australia to investigate experiences of nuclear technology, radiation and the complex relationship between knowledge and the deep time. The exhibition is opened by Hans Adolfsson, Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University, on Sunday 2 October.

Welcome to a press preview on Thursday 29 September, at 10:00.
Artists Cécile Massart, Kenji Kubota, David Mabb, Robert Williams, Julia Yonetani and Curator Ele Carpenter will participate.

Perpetual Uncertainty is an exhibition of contemporary art in the nuclear anthropocene. The artworks explore how nuclear weapons and nuclear power have influenced our interpretation of concepts such as archives, memory, knowledge and time. How can we understand and visualise the ungraspable timeframe of radioactive half-life? How can we archive and communicate knowledge about radioactivity from generation to generation, hundreds of thousands of years into the future?

Participating artists are James Acord, Shuji Akagi, Lise Autogena & Joshua Portway, Erich Berger and Mari Keto, Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, Don’t Follow the Wind, Finger Pointing Worker, Dave Griffiths, Isao Hashimoto, Erika Kobayashi, David Mabb, Cécile Massart, Eva and Franco Mattes, Yelena Popova, Susan Schuppli, Shimpei Takeda, Kota Takeuchi, Thomson & Craighead, Suzanne Treister, Andy Weir, Robert Williams and Bryan McGovern Wilson, and Ken + Julia Yonetani.

Perpetual Uncertainty is opened by Hans Adolfsson, Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University, on Sunday 2 October and runs until 16 April 2017. The exhibition includes a programme of films, open discussions and talks by researchers and experts.

Perpetual Uncertainty is produced by Bildmuseet and curated by Ele Carpenter, Goldsmiths University of London. The exhibition is accompanied by The Nuclear Culture Source Book, a collaboration between Bildmuseet, Arts Catalyst and Black Dog Publishing.


For further information, please contact

Sofia Johansson, curator and projectleader at BildmuseetPhone: +46 90 786 93 53

Helena Vejbrink, press and communications officer at BildmuseetPhone: +46 90 786 90 73

Editor: Helena Vejbrink