Taranaki test site-and cleanup-area
(image source: Google Earth)
Ten Minutes to Midnight Showcase launched
Opening of Ten Minutes to Midnight, a multi-arts showcase presented by Alphaville and the Nuclear Futures Project at The Block, QUT Creative Precinct, in Brisbane. Nuclear Futures is a three-year international collaborative arts and cultural programs assisted by the Australian Government through Australia Council of the Arts.
Centre piece of the exhibition is a soft sculpture by US-based Japanese visual artist Yokiyo Kawano, a third generation hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor). The Sculpture is a life-size copy of Little Boy, the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, hand-sewn from kimono fabrics and stitched with human hair.
The showcase also includes the exhibition Portrait of a Whistleblower by award-winning artist and photographer Jessie Boylan. It enables personal view of nuclear veteran Avon Hudson through personal photographs, objects and archival documents. Since the 1970s Avon Hudson has campaigned tirelessly for the recognition of nuclear veterans and civilians. He is co-author of Beyond Belief (2005).
A broader view of the topic is presented by an immersive 360-degree digital multi-projection. Combining archival footage, present-day documentary footage and the voices of veterans and Indigenous community members, it powerfully illustrates the legacies of the atomic age.