Deep inside the salt mines in the New Mexico desert, a group of scientists are working on a project to design a monument that will last 10,000 years.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) ; a nuclear waste facility which processes and permanently buries nuclear weapons waste in a series of underground chambers, is located just outside the oil town of Carlsbad in New Mexico.
In collaboration with journalist and writers Tamlin Magee and Jessica Mairs, this new work looks at the present day research project and architectural commission to design a system of warning signs to last the entirety of the waste's 10,000-year half-life. The film further explores the legacy of Cold War technologies not perceptible to humans. Notions of deep time are brought into question and asks not only how you develop an administration to govern time and space, but also what are the ethical implications of this?
Working with scientist, archeologist, semiologist and futurists as well as interviews with the local residents of Carlsbad, this film will be a continuation of recent research into invisible infrastructures and technologies.