Yellowcake: atomic modern

24 March – 6 May 2018 | Opening: 22 March 2018, 19.00

Yellowcake: atomic modern is a moving image work by Dundee-based artist Gair Dunlop that traces the rise and fall of the UK nuclear fission research programme, seen through its sites, archives, memories and consequences. It explores the psychic realms of the nuclear – whether as post-war dream of a post-empire future, apocalyptic terror as entertainment, or zone beyond our understandings of time.

The exhibition will also include Dunlop’s earlier film work Atom Town → Life After Technology (2011) which focuses specifically on Dounreay Atomic Research Establishment on Scotland’s north coast, and a parallel display of objects on loan to Timespan from Caithness Horizons’ Dounreay Collection.

Yellowcake is the powdered, typically yellow form of uranium oxide. In the nuclear fuel cycle, it is a step in the processing of uranium after it has been mined but before fuel fabrication or uranium enrichment. The nuclear fuel cycle can be seen as a brief and deadly intensification of toxic materials, before their return to deep time storage.

Gair Dunlop makes artworks which explore entropic Modernism: previous works have explored the New Town, the military airfield, the film archive and the idea of progress. He is interested in combining elements of site-specific practice with digital technologies. He has a degree in photography from the Polytechnic of Central London, and an MSc in Electronic Imaging from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. He is currently an artist/ researcher in Art and Media at DJCAD.

Image: still from Yellowcake: atomic modern, Gair Dunlop