Yellowcake: Atomic Modern, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Gair Dunlop (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Yellowcake: atomic modern is a 66 minute film which traces the rise and fall of the UK nuclear fission research programme, seen through its sites, archives, memories and consequences. Gair Dunlop has spent 3 years gaining unique access to a range of research sites, archives and restricted facilities.
As well as physical remains, the film explores the psychic realms of the nuclear- whether as postwar dream of a post-empire future, apocalyptic terror as entertainment, or zone beyond our understandings of time.
The film can be seen as a three screen full-HD installation with quad sound (preferred format) or as a single screen video with stereo sound.
UK Preview of full 3 screen installation will take place at VRC, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee on 8th and 9th April.
Single screen version will be seen at Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh from April 1st - May 7th.
Single screen version will be seen at Rome Media Art Festival, 27-29th April at MaXXi museum.
Section 1: 7 mins: origins
Section 2: 7 min 30 sec till 19 min 30 sec: Harwell and atomic horror- featuring author and broadcaster Ken Hollings.
Section 3: 19min 40 till 32 min: Winfrith pastoral technical
Section 4: 32 min 30 sec till 38 min 30 sec: Building the bright world.
Section 5: 38 min 40 sec to 47 min 46 sec: Smash hits. Protest, spectacle, Sizewell, Torness.
Section 6: 48 min to 1hr 3 min. Tomorrows and tomorrows. Deposition and closure.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoyal Scottish Academy
Media of outputFilm
Sizedimensions variable
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017
EventRSA Annual Exhibition - Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Apr 20177 May 2017 (Link to RSA exhibition website)


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