Ken and Julia Yonetani talk about their exhibition What the Birds Knew, uranium glass and the impact of the Fukashima nuclear disaster on their new work.
4A recently had a chat with Ken + Julia Yonetani just after the launch of their current exhibition at 4A, What the Birds Knew (3 August – 3 November 2012). They spoke about the use of Uranium Glass as a material in this exhibition and how it relates to our allure of the power of electricity and technology in the digital age. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan last year they also hope to manifest in the exhibition the fear of radiation in contemporary Japan and parallel the cultural anxieties shared between the Japanese, and Indigenous Australians through the Aboriginal story of the Green Ant Dreaming.
What the Birds Knew refers to the alternative title of Akira Kurosawa’s 1955 post-war film I Live In Fear (生き物の記録, Ikimono no kiroku) which captures Japan in the atomic age. In this film, overwhelmed by the threat of nuclear radiation in Japan but unable to convince his family to move to Brazil, the protagonist Kiichi Nakajima follows a path of increasing frustration and anxiety and declares that the birds would flee if they knew of impending environmental threats.
Coinciding with Ken + Julia Yonetani’s What the Birds Knew exhibition, 4A invites our Members and their friends, to join us for a special screening of Akira Kurosawa’s film, I Live in Fear (1955) on Thursday 18 October 2012. Experience the film projected in its magical, black and white 35mm, original format and within the surrounds of the Yonetani’s giant glowing, green ant and radioactive artworks*.
This event is free for Members of 4A who are welcome to bring a friend along to the screening.
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Date: 6-8PM Thursday 18 October 2012
Venue: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay St, Haymarket
Cost: Free for 4A Members – you can bring a friend along as well.
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Length: 103 mins with intermission
Subtitles in English
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**Uranium Glass Health and Safety
Modern uranium, or “Vaseline” glass is typically only up to maximum 2% uranium by weight. This is not sufficiently radioactive to pose a health hazard to those viewing the glass.