neutron waste, 2018
Ceramic, Glaze, Platinum lustre and Polymer clay
Image: Keith Maxwell
neutron waste will be a number of objects resembling embedded meteorites. The main body will be fired and glazed ceramic that will then have a platinum lustre glaze fired on. Pieces of garish polymer clay (colour yet to be decided; possibly a candy pink or blue) will be oozing out of the embedded pieces. Waste is produced from the collision of these neutron stars; it happens that platinum and gold are produced. These objects are waste although they could represent the revitalisation of a forgotten mining industry or they could contain also a pathogen that could be dangerous to life. Do we immediately mine this ‘new resource’ that could help the deficit or is there a moral question about the use of this interstellar waste and the potential for devastating contamination. Materials and minerals are “owned” and exploited often without a great deal of cognitive process.