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DEMO HOUR: Brighter Than a Thousand Suns

Issue: XXIV.4 July-August 2017
Page: 10
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Susanna Hertrich, Akitoshi Honda

"Brighter Than a Thousand Suns" is an art project that explores imperceptible radiation. The protagonist of a short film walks across the devastated areas near the nuclear power stations in Fukushima. He wears a uniform that allows him to measure and display ambient radiation. His handheld device contains a Geiger counter kit. The readings from the device are transformed into illuminations through ornamentation on his helmet. His uniform is a reminder of traditional Samurai clothing, as well as contemporary workers' outfits. As the poetic short film progresses, information on radiation suggests symbolic meaning revealed over time.

Hertrich, S. and Honda, A. Brighter Than a Thousand Suns: A uniform to detect and display radiation. Proc. of TEI'17. ACM, New York, 2017, 659–663.

Susanna Hertrich, Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures, Academy of Art and Design FHNW

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Akitoshi Honda,

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ins03.gif The ornament on the helmet lights up when radiation is encountered.

ins04.gif Scanning for radiation outside Fukushima.