The above video is a 30 minute extract from an online installation that shared its name with the coordinates for the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
At 2.46pm local time (5.46am GMT) on 11-03-2011, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Tōhoku causing a tidal wave that engulfed the Japanese mainland, killing more than 15,000 people. The ensuing waves resulted in the flooding and destruction of three reactors at the plant and a nuclear emergency was declared at 5am on the 12-03-2011, causing more than 150,000 people to be evacuated. Between 2.46pm and 5am on that day, hundreds of earthquakes and aftershocks were recorded in the vicinity of the Japanese mainland.
37°25′23″N 141°01′59″E is an audio-visual installation that took place exactly between the same hours of 2.46pm - 5am local time on 11-03-2021, the ten year anniversary of the Tōhoku quake.
The installation combines recorded audio from nuclear reactors and live streamed footage from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Fluctuations and modulations in the live stream and audio are triggered by real-time instances of earthquakes that struck the Japanese mainland between the time of 2.46pm-5am on the day of the Tōhoku quake. Live data from radiation sensors (Safecast) and atmospheric and air pollution data (World Air Quality Index) provided in real-time, create durational artefacts and interjections in both the audio and video streams, changing throughout the day as local radiation and pollution levels increase and decrease over time.
This piece provides the first in a series of artworks focussed on the development of The Postatomic Ear a techne funded practice-based research enquiry into sound and nuclear culture. For more information visit CRiSAP
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