“Surprisingly, powerful emotional trajectory” - Village Voice

“A stunning, avant garde approach to a plea for nuclear disarmament” - Entertainment Weekly

"The inherent strangeness of the experience—this not knowing what to do with oneself—made viewers vulnerable, which in turn made them more susceptible to the bomb's message.”  - Newsweek

“What the bomb forces us to confront is both sordid and gut-wrenching” - The Film Stage

 “The performance combines the senses of sight, sound—and to some extent even touch and smell—to get across the raw physical impact of the explosion of a nuclear bomb. Overall, the effect is one of standing inside the 21st-century version of a giant, old-fashioned cyclorama while weapons explode.” - Bulletin of Atomic Scientist

“Scarier than any horror picture released in the past calendar year, the bomb renders a hot-button controversy with terrible beauty and haunting audiovisual novelty." - UPROXX


the bomb places the viewer in the middle of the story of nuclear weapons - the most dangerous machines ever built - from the Trinity Test in 1945 to the current state of nuclear weapons in 2016. It will explore the culture surrounding nuclear weapons, the fascination they inspire and the perverse appeal they still exert.


It will convey the impossibility of controlling this technology.


the bomb is about the immense power of nuclear weapons, their dark allure and ingenious technology, the computer systems invented to control them, the missiles and bombers built to carry them, the practice of denial and secrecy that perpetuates them, the societal and cultural influence of them, and the profound death wish at the very heart of them.


The audience will experience visual and auditory simulations of nuclear testing/planning/attacks as well as the technological and cultural aspects of nuclear weapons. the bomb will be comprised of archival footage, animation, text, music and the installation design, which will be massive in scale.


The projected images and stories will be non-linear, big, memorable, and inescapable.

Created by Smriti Keshari & Eric Schlosser

Film by Kevin Ford, Smriti Keshari & Eric Schlosser

Staged by United Visual Artists

Music by The Acid

Art Direction by Stanley Donwood

Animation by The Kingdom of Ludd



Over seven decades have passed since a city was destroyed by a nuclear weapon. But the danger never went away. We are now confronted with a world in which nine nations possess roughly 16,000 nuclear weapons. The typical weapon in the American arsenal is about 20 times more powerful than the bomb detonated at Hiroshima.