A Walk in Fukushima
Don't Follow the Wind (Japan, US, Italy)
Don't Follow the Wind is a collective project situated inside the radioactive Fukushima exclusion zone, the inaccessible area surrounding the Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant owned by TEPCO established in the wake of the 2011 disaster that contaminated the environment separating residents from their homes, land, and community. As radiation knows no borders, transported on wind and water currents, it is a form of contamination that can implicate us all in its unseen presence. The project curated by the collective consisting of Chim↑Pom, Kenji Kubota, Jason Waite, Eva and Franco Mattes includes on-site artworks in the exclusion zone situated in homes and buildings lent by displaced residents: participating artists include Meiro Koizumi, Aiko Miyanaga, Ahmet Öğüt, Trevor Paglen, Taryn Simon, and Kota Takeuchi among others.
The exhibition opened on March 11, 2015—the fourth anniversary of the ongoing nuclear meltdown.

Yet as the exclusion zone remains inaccessible to the public due to the environmental contamination, the exhibition in Fukushima is ongoing but largely invisible—a condition akin to radiation itself. It will only be viewed in the future, if and when it becomes safe once again for the residents to return. While the exhibition opened 5 years ago, there is no clear timeline for public access to these sites, perhaps years or decades—a period of time that could stretch beyond our lifetime.

As the works in the Fukushima exclusion zone exhibition cannot leave the zone and remain unseen, an immersive 360-degree video shows the sites of the exhibition but not the artworks. Instead former residents, artists and curators obscure the artworks with their bodies that are enshrouded in white protective suits. The video interweaves an account of a former resident's visit to his irradiated home inside the zone and his internal conflict having worked for TEPCO, owner of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station. The video shows the ongoing conditions inside the contaminated zone yet also demonstrates the limits of technology, gesturing toward necessity of other social capacities to address adversity.

The 360-degree video is viewed via headsets created by a Fukushima family who collaborated with artist Bontaro Dokuyama. The handmade, sculptural headsets created by three generations, grandson, mother, father, and grandmother, interweave the family’s experiences from this contaminated reality and how they view the future and shared they shared their thoughts on the symbolic nature of each component.

Don't Follow the Wind was named for the actions and knowledge of an evacuee that became extraordinary as they fled south towards Tokyo after the disaster so as to avoid exposure to the fallout borne on a northwesterly wind. As humans have no capacity to sense the presence of radiation, the project posits the critical imagination as a tool to overcome its invisibility and bridge the ongoing urgency of the crisis with its long-term duration.

《逆風而行》是一個集體創作計劃,項目發生於日本福島的輻射爆炸區內,亦即是圍繞東京電力公司所擁的福島第一核電站的禁區範圍,該區域是2011年災難發生後被嚴重污染並迫使居民要離開自己的家、土地及社區。輻射是無邊界的,它會隨風與河流而動盪飄流,它們是一種無法以肉眼所見的污染形式。此項目由組織Chim↑Pom策劃,是一個由多位策展人及藝術家所組成的團隊,成員包括Kenji Kubota、 Jason Waite、Eva以及 Franco Mattes。策展作品全為在地性作品,位置是向流離失所者借來在爆炸區的家居以及樓房,參展藝術家包括Meiro Koizumi、Aiko Miyanaga、Ahmet Öğüt、Trevor Paglen、Taryn Simon 以及Kota Takeuchi等。





Don’t Follow the Wind

Artist biography 藝術團隊簡介

Don’t Follow the Wind (2015–now) is collective of artists and curators—Chim↑Pom, Kenji Kubota, Eva and Franco Mattes, Jason Waite—who confront the long-term crisis in Fukushima, Japan. Don’t Follow the Wind is working together with local residents, a committee of cultural workers and the artists Ai Weiwei, Chim↑Pom, Grand Guignol Mirai, Nikolaus Hirsch and Jorge Otero-Pailos, Meiro Koizumi, Eva and Franco Mattes, Aiko Miyanaga, Ahmet Öğüt, Trevor Paglen, Taryn Simon, Nobuaki Takekawa and Kota Takeuchi. Along with the inaccessible project inside the Fukushima exclusion zone the collective has developed a number of Non-Visitor Centers that have taken place at the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, 20th Biennale of Sydney, Yokohama Triennale 2017, Arts Catalyst in London, CCCB in Barcelona and Extra City in Antwerp.

《逆風而行》(2015 至今)是一個集合藝術家及策展人的群體,包括Chim↑Pom、 Kenji Kubota、Jason Waite、Eva以及Franco Mattes,他們長期面對著在日本福島的長期危機。《逆風而行》持續與當地的居民、文化工作委員會以及藝術家艾未未、Chim↑Pom、Grand Guignol Mirai、Nikolaus Hirsch和Jorge Otero-Pailos、Meiro Koizumi、Eva與Franco Mattes、Aiko Miyanaga、Ahmet Öğüt、Trevor Paglen、Taryn Simon、Nobuaki Takekawa 和Kota Takeuchi等人合作。除了在禁區內的項目,組織還建立了許多「非遊客中心」並展於多個藝術節或藝術場所,包括東京的華達琉美術館、第廿屆悉尼雙年展、2017年的橫濱三年展、倫敦的Art Catalyst、巴塞羅納的CCCB及安特衛普的Extra City等。