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.

info on exhibition at Secession



installation at Secession


 
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Trinity (April 2, 2005)



Installation with podium and video (34 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
Tchaikovski - Nutcracker Suite - Dance of the
Sugar Plum Fairy

 
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