The Plureal Deal (2016), video, 9 mins
The Plureal Deal (2016), video, 9 mins

The Plureal Deal (2016), video, 9 mins

The video forms around a speculative proposal to write a material history of Plutonium-238, which makes up the majority of spent nuclear fuel, and has a half-life of 4.46 billion years.

Drawing on a history of nuclear power in developing cloud computing infrastructures, alongside fictions of Uranium glowsticks in 1990s rave culture, the first part collects internet footage as a search for knowledge of such extended temporalities. This structures an absurd search for ‘the Real’, figured through the claims of a 2013 Toyota car ad.

Following the artist’s visit to the HADES deep geological repository laboratory in Mol, Belgium, the second part of the video traces the isotope through its long-term storage and anticipated futures – splitting to four futures modelled in different ways: according to clay absorption; scenario planning; real time observation and demonological contagion.

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