Atsuhiro ItoNobuyoshi ItoChihiro MinatoMasanobu OdaiMay Shigenobu
The Otolith Group
Commissioned as part of dOCUMENTA (13) with generous support from Project 88 in Mumbai, in 2012, The Radiant explores the aftermath of March 11, 2011, when the Tohoku earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed many thousands and caused the partial meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the east coast of Japan. A film essay burdened by the difficult task of representing the invisible aftermath of nuclear fallout, The Radiant travels through time and space to invoke the historical promises of nuclear energy and the threats of radiation that converge in Japan's illuminated cities and evacuated villages in the months immediately following the disasters. The Otolith Group's cinematic document offers glimpses into the shape and presence of an unseen entity and its abstract manifestation through visual phenomena.