LABORATORY PROJECT    

Collective exhibition, running through 2017-04-16          http://www.bildmuseet.umu.se/en/exhibition/perpetual-uncertainty/22269

Yucca Mountain, Installation, 2016

Massart has created an installation of drawings and materials collected during her visit to YUCCA MOUNTAIN in 2013. YUCCA MOUNTAIN is a mountain range in the Nevada Desert, near to the Nevada Nuclear Test Site, USA. In 1987 Congress approved the mountain for a proposed deep geological repository for spent nuclear fuel and high level radioactive waste, but after several years of tunneling the project was finally dropped in 2011, due to political pressure, legal challenges, and concerns about how transport waste to the site. Massart is interested in the mythical status of the site, and its geology. Massart is interested in the temporality of language and the need to embed cultural activities to pass on knowledge of radioactive sites over generations. Here, radiation creates the need for new kinds of ritual, or rather the urgency of listering to older forms of storytelling and mythology inscribed in the landscape.