E-Flux Press Release

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.



International exhibitions

International Archives 2nd half of 2016

Perpetual Uncertainty

Bildmuseet, Umeà (Sweden)

02.10.2016 - 16.04.2017




Perpetual Uncertainty, Bildmuseet, Umeà, Sweden

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2016. All Rights Reserved

The artworks explore how nuclear weapons and nuclear power has 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: 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

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.


Exhibition 2 October 2016 - 16 April 2017. Bildmuseet, Ostra Strandgatan 30B – SE-903 33 Umeà (Sweden). Hours: Tuesday 11am-8mm, Wednesday-Sunday 11am-6pm.





James Acord, Round table, Hanford, USA, 1999.

James Acord, Round table, Hanford, USA, 1999.