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Fukushima Texture Pack

Eva & Franco Mattes - Fukushima Texture Pack
Ce livre d'artiste reflète les recherches d'Eva & Franco Mattes autour du paysage contaminé de Fukushima. Empruntant le format des catalogues d'emballage, il contient vingt grandes feuilles pré-perforées, dont chacune présente une texture photographique – un motif qui se répète sans interruption, capturé par l'appareil photo au milieu des ruines radioactives des villes et des campagnes contaminées.
On March 11, 2011, the most powerful earthquake ever to hit Japan created a tsunami that laid waste to the country's east coast, causing a catastrophic breach at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Since then, access to the contaminated towns and surrounding countryside has been mostly limited to scientists and specialized decontamination crews. The project Don't Follow the Wind (2015–ongoing)—organized by the Tokyo-based art collective Chim↑Pom from Smappa!Group, together with Kenji Kubota, Jason Waite, and Eva & Franco Mattes—marked a historic exception: a group of artists entered the exclusion zone to produce a series of site-specific works. Installed in several venues on loan from former residents, these interventions comprise an exhibition that will remain unreachable in person for many years to come, until it will finally be deemed safe to return.
Fukushima Texture Pack is an artistic record of Eva & Franco Mattes' engagement with this contaminated landscape. Borrowing the format of books of wrapping paper, it contains twenty large pre-perforated sheets. Each features a visual texture, a surface captured on camera amid radioactive ruins. All such patterns afford a seamless repeating motif, should they be installed in a tile formation as wallpaper. They comprise a representative sample of the 152 textures the artists first released online as freehold digital files. The pages of this book may be used freely to cover other books, decorate boxes, wrap gifts, form origami, or they may be framed as small works of art. 
This artist's book extends Eva & Franco Mattes' interest in Fukushima's geographical displacement. Following its radioactive ungrounding, this location is now most accessible through its representation. But images are given to obscuring the matter at hand—to wrapping it up, so to speak, in a reduced form. The tragic proportions of the Fukushima meltdown outstrip virtually all frames. With this in mind, how can one maintain awareness of this nuclear disaster? How might we live with the facts?
The textures—sampling walls and floors, rust, bricks, gravel, underbrush, tatami mats, dirt, desks, closets, and more—are unspectacular by design. Eschewing the gnarled automobiles, collapsed buildings, and other wrecks left in the wake of the tsunami, the visual banality of these posters speak to an invisible crisis. Additionally, their modular, tessellating design allows for the limitless spread of a given motif. As possible wallpaper, they evoke the new baselines of background radiation, omnipresent in and around the exclusion zone—a new surface condition.
Eva & Franco Mattes (tous deux nés en Italie en 1976) sont un duo d'artistes basé à New York. Opérant sous le pseudonyme 0100101110101101.org, ils comptent parmi les pionniers du mouvement Net Art et sont connus pour leur travail de subversion des médias publics. Ils produisent des œuvres d'art qui abordent les questions éthiques et politiques soulevées par la création d'internet.
Edité par Edoardo Bonaspetti.

Conception graphique : Lorenzo Mason Studio.
paru en octobre 2023
édition anglaise
21 x 30 cm (broché)
20 feuilles de papier d'emballage de 60 × 40 cm
ISBN : 979-12-80579-26-3
EAN : 9791280579263
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Fukushima Texture Pack
Fukushima Texture Pack
Fukushima Texture Pack
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