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Trinity (April 2, 2005)
The first atomic explosion did not happen in
Japan: July 16, 1945 was marked by the first
atomic bomb test, in the Jornada del Muerte
(?Journey of Death?), a desert in New Mexico,
in an area that today is called Trinity site.
The events that took place at this site changed
the world, but went long unnoticed by a wider
public or were not seen in their full radical
meaning. This piece of land transformed in the
public eye from secret nuclear test site to a
tourist attraction.
Twice a year, this silent area is open to the
public, and becomes an event, a pilgrimage,
where the curious, veterans, schoolchildren and
others form a community, for a few hours. And
they talk, eagerly exchanging information,
knowledge and experiences, filling this empty
landscape, for a moment, with the voices it
usually lacks. There is nothing to see, apart
from the everyday, totally normal activities of
these special visitors, forming a contrast to
the experience of the immense emptiness of the
landscape.
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Trinity (April 2, 2005)
Installation with podium and video (30 min)
Music:
TIC, TIC, TIC (1949) by Doris Day
CRAWL OUT THROUGH THE FALLOUT (1960) by Sheldon
Allman
URANIUM FEVER (1955) by Elton Britt, the
Yodellin' Cowboy
Nutcracker Suite - Dance of the
Sugar Plum Fairy
, Tchaikovski -

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