Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).
Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing”the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.
“2053” – This is the number of nuclear explosions conducted in various parts of the globe.*
Profile of the artist: Isao HASHIMOTO
Born in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan in 1959.
Worked for 17 years in financial industry as a foreign exchange dealer. Studied at Department of Arts, Policy and Management of Musashino Art University, Tokyo.
Currently working for Lalique Museum, Hakone, Japan as a curator.
Created artwork series expressing, in the artist’s view, “the fear and the folly of nuclear weapons”:
“1945-1998” © 2003
“The Names of Experiments”
About “1945-1998” ©2003
“This piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second. No letter is used for equal messaging to all viewers without language barrier. The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted. I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world.”
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* The number excludes both tests by North Korea (October 2006 and May 2009).
In a time when transparency is becoming mandatory due to social media and paparazzi culture, it disappoints me that Charlie Sheen didn’t take this unfortunate opportunity to stand by his own community. Charlie is a part of the “key affected populations” for HIV, which includes men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, and transgender people. It is not necessary to know which of these groups he engaged with, but it is likely he participated in dangerous interactions with any or all of them.
Societal acceptance of previously overlooked subcultural groups is at an all-time high. Instead of this self-effacing, “I’m a changed man” blaming approach, this could have been a time to admit that he is perhaps pansexual, suffers from addiction (as many people in his group do), and since he admittedly paid for sex parties, address that if sex workers were decriminalized, there would be less transmission due to regulated healthcare. This could have been a platform for something other than “Poor me, look who got me sick.”
It takes two to transmit, Charlie. You were having as much sex as the sex workers, if not more, making your “party pad” the Ground Zero for what could become a breakout caused by YOU. It is no secret that you were knowingly in contact with blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids…and you were unprotected. It is sad, it is unfortunate, and it is also simply a fact: YOU are responsible for contracting HIV.
Many of us struggle to find happiness and contentment in love. It seems so often that when we do, it’s someone that has been around the whole time – someone familiar. It must have been a pleasant surprise for Sara to discover that her best friend could be her lover as well. It takes a lot of courage to try new things, or to take a risk on romanticizing a friendship, but it definitely has its rewards if it works out. Since things worked out so well for Sara in her blossoming romance with her GF, the next natural step was to bring it into the light. Dr Suzy was able to recognize the stagnancy Sara sensed was actually a new turning point. She was living a private lifestyle with her love, and it was time to come out. Presuming that Sara took this wonderful advice, it surely breathed new life into their already blissful union. COURAGEOUS! 🙂
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