Containing Uncertainity, Avoiding Catastrophes, & Designing for Infinite Quarantine
Introduction (via Fop News)
Deep geologic repositories are difficult spaces to imagine. They exist below us, hundreds of feet into the earth. Their spaces are not easily accessed by the public, if at all. The most challenging thing to imagine about a deep geologic repository is invisible to human eyes: its relationship to geologic time.
Geologic repositories are mandated to secure their contents for monumental lengths of time. Depending on the nation, this can be between 100,000 and 1 million years. Humans evolved into modern homo sapiens (Latin: “wise man” or “knowing man”) within the last 200,000 years. This means humans are suddenly faced with having to design a space that, at it’s minimum, will last for a time equal to half our evolutionary history.
In an installation entitled Containing Uncertainty, we (Jamie Kruse and Elizabeth Ellsworth, the co-founders of FOP) take up one geologic repository and the “infinite” quarantine that it is designed to attempt.