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Remembering Fukushima: Art and Conversations at the Cathedral

Remembering Fukushima: Art and Conversations at the Cathedral


Eiko Otake


Cathedral of St. John the Divine
New York, NY


Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 1:00pm



Eiko Otake

Dear Friends,

Many of you already know that March 11 is a significant day – for me and many others.

On March 11, 2011, the biggest earthquake in Japanese history hit Northeast Japan and shut down the operations of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The largest tsunami ever recorded in Japan soon followed, which led to three nuclear meltdowns and explosions, releasing vast quantities of radioactive material. The Fukushima meltdowns were the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, and contamination of the surrounding areas continues. We are going through such a hard time politically that I am afraid the name “Fukushima” is not in many people's minds these days. But, in fact, it was just recently discovered that the radiation levels are currently at astronomical levels.
To remember Fukushima means to realize how nuclear technology cannot be trusted in our lives and the environment. A year after our 24 hour event for the fifth anniversary at St. Mark's Church with the Danspace Project, we are now planning a commemoration of the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster to take place at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine: Remembering Fukushima: Art and Conversations at the Cathedral. I invite you to join me at the Cathedral to explore the relationship of body, place, and history on March 11 from 1pm to 5pm.

Remembering Fukushima coincides with the closing of The Christa Project, a large-scale exhibition at the Cathedral featuring the work of 21 contemporary artists, including my and William Johnston's photos from our most recent trip to Fukushima that have been on view since October of 2016. We will expand the exhibition for the event, as one of the immersive installations to take place on March 11.

Through working with scholars and artists of numerous disciplines, I wish to create an experience in which participants can know and remember the legacy of Fukushima.

I really hope you can attend the entire event to see the full range of performers and special guests we have gathered for this day. If you cannot, please do not give up. Come for any duration you can. Please help us to spread the word, and bring your friends. I would be truly grateful for your help and look forward to seeing you on March 11.


On March 11, 2017, Remembering Fukushima: Art and Conversation at the Cathedral will commemorate the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster in Japan. Conceived by the Cathedral’s artist-in-residence, Eiko Otake, this four-hour program will bring together scholars, specialists, and artists of many disciplines to create an occasion that aspires to be both informative and affecting. Everyone is welcome to join, reflect and learn.

Participants confirmed as of date:

  • Eiko Otake
  • William Johnston
  • Marilyn Ivy
  • Thomas Looser
  • Mark McCloughan
  • Alexis Moh
  • Nora Thompson
  • Megumu Tagami
  • John Kelly
  • Carol Lipnik
  • DonChristian Jones
  • Geo Wyeth
  • Ronald Ebrecht
  • Ralph Samuelson
  • Elizabeth Brown
  • Jake Price
  • Nona Faustine Simmons
  • Katja Kolcio

Conceived and directed by Eiko Otake
Dramaturge: Mark McCloughan
Media Coordinator: Alexis Moh


Photo by William Johnston

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