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sound of a million insects, light of a thousand stars

Tomonari Nishikawa

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Tomonari Nishikawa, sound of a million insects, light of a thousand stars (still), 2014.

e-flux presents Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory sound of a million insects, light of a thousand stars
Tomonari Nishikawa
2014

2 Minutes
Japan

Date
October 25–November 7, 2020

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Tomonari Nishikawa’s sound of a million insects, light of a thousand stars (2014), on view for two weeks from Sunday, October 25 through Saturday, November 7, 2020.

For six hours from the sunset of June 24, 2014 to the sunrise of the following day, a hundred-foot-long 35mm negative film was buried under fallen leaves alongside a country road 25 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, in the area that was once an evacuation zone. Possibly exposed to radioactive materials, this film functions as an abstract analogue trace of detrimental human activities.

sound of a million insects, light of a thousand stars is presented here as one of four films in Anthropocentric Pasts and Planetary Futures, or Death as New Beginning, the sixth and final program in the online film and discussion series Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film.

Ecology After Nature runs from August 14 through November 8, 2020. On Sunday, November 8, 2020, the series will wrap with a repeat of all 22 films included in Parts One through Six—available for 24 hours from 12am to 11:59pm EST.

For more information, contact program [​at​] e-flux.com.

Category
Film, Posthumanism
Subject
Anthropocene, Pollution & Toxicity, Nuclear War, Video Art
Return to Part Six | Anthropocentric Pasts and Planetary Futures
Filmmaker

Tomonari Nishikawa lives and works in Japan and the USA. In his work he explores the idea of documenting situations/phenomena through a chosen medium and technique, often focusing on the process itself. He is one of the co-founders of KLEX: Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival, and Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image. He is currently teaching in the Cinema Department at Binghamton University.

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