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Chernobyl Rose Hegde

The New Safe Confinement
30 years after the Chernobyl disaster a huge shelter was slid over the ruined reactor’s concrete sarcophagus, which had become brittle and fissured. The Chernobyl New Safe Confinement (NSC) exceeds everything ever realized before in its technical, spatial and also in its financial dimensions. It is concerned to be the biggest movable metal construction ever built and supposed to be accomplished – with some delay – in the end of 2018. Involving international cooperation and financial engagement the giant structure shall provide safety from uncontrolled nuclear leakage for the next 100 years. During this period time the highly radioactive material inside the damaged reactor is supposed to be prepared for final storage step by step.

European Bank: Chernobyl New Safe Confinement enters final stage of construction

Wikipedia: Chernobyl New Safe Confinement

Longterm Management of Highly Radioactive Materials
The New Safe Containment can also be perceived as a huge monument for the Herculean task of long-term management of technological remains.
It’s consistent technocratic approach is indeed permanently threatened by the unpredictable turns of time. How will incidents like economical crises, wars or environmental disasters influence the schedule and the transmission of knowledge over several generations of engineers? Which will be the situation that our great-great-grandchildren will have to handle? What kind of Next New Safe Containment will they have to built? And how will the Chernobyl ruins look like in 10 000 years? The constellation illustrates the necessity to maintain the flow of information into far-off unpredictable future, which is no longer a simple issue of engineering but also of cultural technologies. The installation of a monument is such a cultural technology.

Nuclear Semiotics
The question how to inform future generations about the risks of nuclear remains came up in semiotic science in the early 1980. Considering the limited half-life of language the transmission of messages over periods of even 10 000 years becomes a serious issue. In this context the sustainability of mythological tradition became a subject of interest. So Seboek proposed in 1984 to install an atomic priesthood, which will transmit knowledge in the framework of an artificially created ritual and legend. But how to turn such a proposal into social reality?

Zeitschrift für Semiotik 6/2. TU Berlin 1984: Und in alle Ewigkeit: Kommunikation über 10 000 Jahre: Wie sagen wir unsern Kindeskindern wo der Atommüll liegt?

Thomas A. Seboek: Pandora's Box: How and Why to Communicate 10,000 Years into the Future

The Mythological Rose Hedge
Chernobyl Rose Hedge is an experimental setup. It investigates the requirements, that enable the installation of a nuclear legend and it’s transformation into sustainable rituals in order to assist technical safety devices.
Since art represents an important field of storytelling in our society assigning shamanic functions to the artist it seems consequent to use the format of an art project for this attempt.

The starting point is the creation of a monument.
Common acts of participation - like putting flowers to a grave or a memorial - and motifs of popular legends - like the impenetrable rose hedge in the Sleeping Beauty’s fairy tale – are woven into a narrative which emphasizes the disparity of safety and the passage of time.
Local monuments are highly vulnerable to removal or destruction. So the virtual space of the internet has been chosen to embed a decentralized monument into society. The creation is based on collective action. Only when people get involved the rose hedge will grow.

telegraph.co.uk: / new chernobyl shelter is largest man made structure ever made/

welt.de: der neue 29'000 Tonnen Sarg für Tschernobyl

Eidgenössisches Nuklearsichrheitsinpektorat ENSI: Artikelserie: Tschernobyl gefährdeter Sarkohag

Satellite Images:

Airbus Defence and Space: Satellitenbilder

regard-sur-la-terre.over-blog.com: 30 ans de Tchernoby - lles debuts operationnels du satellite SPOT

Chernobyl under Attac: