Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

1945-1998: Nuclear Fireworks

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This video documenting worldwide nuclear weapons testing and use is a multimedia artwork that speaks to all of us, regardless of which language we use. It’s fascinating and horrifying at the same time.

Multimedia artwork by Isao Hashimoto [contact: hashi123 [at] amy [dot] hi-ho [dot] ne [dot] jp].
2053: This is the number of nuclear explosions conducted in various parts of the globe (excluding both tests by North Korea, on October 2006 and May 2009).

About this artwork [paraphrased]: This piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down each second to equal one month’s period of time. No comments are included in the video so its message is apparent to all viewers without any language barriers. The blinking lights, sounds, national flags and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country has 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.”