RADIO NIPPON (2013)

audiovisual interactive installation, projection, arduino, potensiometer, control surface,dimensions variable



Watch the video of the installation.

Following an earthquake-triggered tsunami in 2011, the Fukushima nuclear plant suffered meltdown and explosions and all but two of Japan's fifty nuclear reactors were shut down. On August 2015 Sendai nuclear plant in southern Japan is first to begin operation since 2011 Fukushima meltdowns, despite anti-nuclear protests.

In the interactive installation Radio Nippon, 652 Geiger counters all over Japan are being used to create a radioactivity audio map. These real time readings from each counter are transformed into sine waves which become audible when the user moves the tuner over the respective counter coordinates. Of particular note is the area of Fukushima, in central Japan, still exhibiting dangerous levels of radiation. This data is collected by official government counters and there are strong suspicions amongst the public that it misrepresents the true magnitude of the disaster.

The piece was realised in collaboration with the creative technologist Theodoros Papatheodorou.

Exhibited:
@ 21st International Symposium on Electronic Arts, August 2015 Vancouver CA
@ Athens Digital Art Festival, Mai 2013 Athens GR