NAHO MATSUDA

Nuclear Evangelism

March 2014

Based on the nuclear semiotic proposal of Thomas Sebeok for the US Office of Nuclear Waste Management in 1984. “Nuclear Evangelism” aimed to re-evaluate and question the current debate about nuclear energy and the, still unsolved problem, of nuclear waste management.

Sebeok proposed to communicate the danger of nuclear waste and storage through the narrative of religion. Sebeok’s ideas were never realised. My project adopted these ideas to produce the visual and material evidence, a counterfactual interpretation, of a world where the dangers of nuclear energy were embedded into our religious belief systems.