I have been investigating radioactive waste sites internationally since 1994, analyzing how this archaeological stratum of the 21st century can be read in the landscape. Over more than twenty years of work this research has led me to visit several sites around the world. My focus has become the identification of the disposal sites in the landscape, as well as finding ways to pass on memory.
During the making of the artistic projects - which will take a lot of time - a series of meetings are regularly organized to consolidate and evaluate the peripheral artistic proposals aiming to perpetuate memory. This is happening in coordination with radioactive waste site management agencies and with new types of media and networks. Institutions are changing but given the possibility of connections with databases, this will create a cultural anchor for future generations.
An artist acts in a certain way; he or she translates, invents, echoes the thoughts and anxieties of humans and weaves a link from one generation to the next. If we want this connection to stay alive, we must work on the development of architectural, musical, poetic, choreographic markers that are rooted in cultural and community projects. The laboratory - from the Latin laborare - offers this great opportunity to the people living near the sites.
However, it is important that companies investing in renewable energy participate in the financing of these residencies. Perhaps art is the way to allow the emergence of the knowledge of this type of challenges and to include different social groups that will be able to reinvent the marking for the preservation of the living world.