March 11, 2016…
It’s been 5 years since the beginning of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear catastrophe. As far as I’m concerned, this is a one-of-a-kind timeless masterpiece. Full View & headphones recommended! Turn volume high! :-)
The artistic audio-visual expression of the radioactive cloud hitting Tokyo, the lives turned upside down, the anxiety, the confusion,… I find it a masterful piece of artistic reflection.
In her own words:
“This is the video documentary of my motion design graduation project “Kyosei (Coexistence)”, a panorama installation exhibited at the Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule in July 2012.
Kyosei broaches the issue of the catastrophic events surrounding Fukushima. I was living in Tokyo when the earthquake which caused severe damage to the nuclear reactors in Fukushima hit Japan on 11th march 2011. This disturbing experience shaped my life and caused me to create and transform my inconsistent sentiments and feelings that arose from the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster into a media panorama.“
:: winner of the California Academy of Sciences Award ‘best of fest’ at the Koordinaten Festival in Kiel ::
:: selected and shown on the European Media Art Festival in Osnabrück, Germany 2013 ::
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!-> See more of her work at https://vimeo.com/leanagano
A couple of my paintings are also Fukushima-influenced.
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Sadly, it is far from over. In some respects it has barely begun. Instead of making a mega-post full of data, news snippets and reflections (plenty of which van be found in my Nuclear Blog Posts Archive), I’m sharing the above video by German-Japanese award-winning artist Lea Nagano.
We met by chance in the lobby of 9hrs, a sci-fi-trippy ‘capsule hotel’, downtown Kyoto, Japan, in late November 2013. I was distracting myself with testing seaweeds with my Geiger Counter (lab results here), all done in what I now understand as an attempt to distract myself from experiential reality.
It was just a few weeks after I visited the Fukushima coast, and carried out some vision-guided shamanic attempts to shift an archetypal energetic pattern momentum that, if not pacified, would eventually manifest as all-out nuclear war…
I get it, the thousands of suicides… that anthropogenic radiation vibe is só ‘alien, even hostile, to life itself’… is the best can describe it… It’s heartwrenching. I also get the denial. It’s a lot more comfortable to turn a blind eye to the situation. I also get the hope. The Japanese are strong. The challenges will be overcome. Not with the current nuclearist militaristic bunch of lying corrupt politicians, but the Japanese government is not Japan. That’s the same in all countries.
Anyhow… all that left me profoundly disoriented and feeling like I was utterly incapable to live up to the visionary potential, mainly due to what I perceived as an apparent lack of realizing the ultimate nature of reality. The impact lead to fevers, uncontrollable musscle spasms and bawling, and excruciating heart aches, and years of ‘feeling out of it’. “Psychospiritual disorientation” is no joke. A humbled mess it left me… (See also, (Nov. 18, 2013) A Visit to Fukushima, Cut Short. With PHOTOS and Reflections., the one before, as well as perhaps, ‘The Darkest Dance’ – Archetypal Dynamics of the Nuclear Era; and Ayahuasca Documentaries (w/ Introductory info); Any Significance to Cobalt-60 in Fukushima Fallout?; and more in my Nuclear Blog Posts Archive.)
If I recall correctly, I think she overheard me talk about Fukushima with another traveler and through the conversation that ensued I learned about her amazing art. Sharing this above piece of video art was beyond overdue.
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— MAY SANITY PREVAIL ON EARTH —
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