The Crowd Grapples With Understanding 3-11 And Fukushima

If you have been following this blog you already know about our crowd sourced research efforts related to the Fukushima Daiichi & Tsunami disaster.  The internet and social media played a huge role in the quick dissemination of information, fact checking and outing the lies the public was being told. The internet and crowd sourced efforts will play a huge role in how the disasters are logged as historical events.

The disasters truly had an impact on the world as people try to understand such a wide scale disaster and deal with the aftermath. Metropolis magazine looked at some of the creative efforts to help understand and express how people feel and think in a post 3-11 world.

Quakebook was quickly produced by way of Twitter to solicit contributions to put together a book of stories from the earthquake. The book’s profits are used to help fund recovery efforts.  The book has raised considerable amounts of money for relief efforts.

Nihon Kizuna is a compilation album of 50 international artists intended to raise funds for relief efforts in Northern Japan. So far they have raised $30,000.

My Japan was spawned of Facebook as an expression of what Japan means to people around the world. The contributions are vast and this project has also raised funds for relief efforts. The images compiled on Facebook have been used as physical exhibits and the group is considering more venues.

The Fukushima disaster also was the motivation for the Bikini Lines project. The intent is to use crowd sourcing to vote on submissions and raise funds to paint a design on the Cactus Dome in the Marshall Islands. Better known as the Bikini Atoll nuclear bomb testing, the Marshall Islands is the location of this test bombing. The bomb tests left the local population highly exposed causing decades of illness, death and displacement from their homes. The Cactus Dome covers a deep bomb crated filled with radioactive soil and debris from decontamination attempts on the islands. The project intends to paint something on the dome that can be seen from space.

Artist Doug Minkler created this artwork to express the connection from nuclear disaster to nuclear disaster. A Hanford downwinders group is now using it on some of their literature.

Some activist artists updated a massive mural in Shibuya station, adding a panel of their own showing the destroyed nuclear reactors from Fukushima to the artwork. Taro Okamoto’s “Myth of Tomorrow” that takes a stab at science’s attempts to harness the atom at least for a time had a Fukushima edition added to it. Large image of the addition to the mural in the link.

 

 

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