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Medium: wood, glass, double concave lenses, video projection, cylindrical room
Approximate Dimension: 2m diameter x 3.5m h
Centre d’Art Marnay-sur-seine, France, 2007
The small town of Nogent-sur-Seine has a population of 6,000. The Nogent nuclear power plant is within close proximity to resident homes. The power plant is built right on the river of the La Seine, and the waste water drains right into the river.
This installation took place inside a cylindrical tower of an old French chateau near Nogent. Nuclear cooling tower sound was recorded and combined with sounds of aerial noise, bomb explosion, rain, and nuclear reactor noise from movies. The sound was then visualized into chaotic visual representation. Projecting from the top of the tower, the projected light penetrated through a household window, “rained” onto the audience. The audience feels as though they were soaked in the light (or, “radioactive energy”). The center of the installation stood a double concave lens which induced an optical illusion of a play-dough house - much like a hologram floating in the air.
Immersing in the installation, the viewers experience a tangled chaotic visual mess. The installation speaks to the chaotic nature, thus the uncontrollability of nuclear reaction, and the radioactive danger associated with nuclear energy generation. Set inside a cylindrical tower to resemble the space inside a reactor cooling tower, this installation examines the emotional cost of nuclear energy generation, pubic safety, illusion and reality.
This project is created in conjunction with an Artist-in-Residency at CAMAC and is funded, in part, by a generous grant from the Ténot Foundation, France.