Perpetual Uncertainty: Malmö Konstmuseum

Ken + Julia Yonetani, Crystal Palace: the great exhibition of the works of industry of all nuclear nations, 2012-16, Foto: Polly Yassin/Bildmuseet Umeå

Following its success at Bildmuseet, Umeå and  Z33, Belgium the exhibition Perpetual Uncertainty returns for a third iteration at, MALMÖ KONSTMUSEUM exploring contemporary art in the nuclear anthropocene.

Perpetual Uncertainty brings together artists from Europe, Japan and the USA to investigate questions of nuclear technology, radiation and the transmission of knowledge over deep time futures. The artworks in the exhibition explore how nuclear technology has affected our perception of memory, knowledge and time through shifting nuclear aesthetics.
 
The exhibition gives a contemporary perspective on living in the nuclear anthropocene, where radioactive fallout and geologic waste storage provides deep time markers of human activity on earth which will be detectable in millions of years. Today North Korea’s nuclear weapon tests remind us of the ever-present threat of nuclear war, and its ecological and environmental consequences. Whilst the discourses surrounding nuclear weapons and nuclear energy have largely remained distinctly seperate, the exhibition brings together works investigating all the stages of the nuclear cycle from uranium mining, weapons production and testing, energy production, accidents and waste management.
 
Artists: James Acord, Shuji Akagi, Lise Autogena and 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, Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead, Suzanne Treister, Andy Weir, Robert Williams and Bryan McGovern Wilson, Ken + Julia Yonetani.
 
Presenting the Perpetual Uncertainty exhibition in the 1930's exhibition halls of the Malmö Konstmuseum gives a distinct early modernist architectural feel to the project. Excitingly, this contemporary art gallery is situated at the top of the 16th Century Malmo Castle museum complex, which also houses the historical art collection, Natural History and Archeological displays. Providing a valuable historical and environmental context for thinking about the nuclear anthropocene. 
 
Perpetual Uncertainty was produced by Bildmuseet, Umeå and curated by Ele Carpenter with the support of, Arts Catalyst, London.
 
The exhibition previously toured from Bildmuseet, Umeå and Z33, Hasselt. 
 
For more information see the Nuclear Culture website: https://nuclear.artscatalyst.org/