Fukushima→Cymru: 20 millisieverts per year

1 Oct 2017 – 7 Oct 2017

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Galeri Caernarfon

Wales, United Kingdom


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"Fukushima→Cymru: 20 millisieverts per year," is a film which combines a soundscape by Cian Ciarán and Meilyr Tomos with editing & post-production by creative collective ffloc and video footage & texts by Lis Fields


The 60-minute film was made in response to 20 millisieverts per year,* an exhibition about Fukushima by Lis Fields. 

  • "In an adjoining room is an audiovisual installation, where we are compelled to watch the explosions again and again. In a collaborative piece with Fields musicians Cian Ciarán (Super Furry Animals) and Meilyr Tomos and multidisciplinary arts collective ffloc, original film footage is interleaved with newsreel and interviews from multiple sources, in eleven discrete five-minute sequences which form a whole, through slow-mo, repetition and abstractions, bound by the tidal rise and fall of Ciarán and Tomos’ soundscape. The horror communicates itself through the sublime; pink cherry blossom sways in the breeze as we begin to understand that the changes wrought by the radiation at an organic level mean that cellular structures have been fundamentally, irrevocably altered. Cinematic, inorganic geometric forms are laid over natural landscapes, a graphic mayhem on acid orange, binding and contorting, linking us in a global web in which everything is connected." Jane Parry, September 2017

The film will be screened contiunously throughout the day in Galeri 4, for 7 days, to coincide with Hollti, a play which gives voice to people's various responses to Wylfa B, the new nuclear power plant planned for Angelesy.

A small selection of Lis' photographs and texts will also be exhibited to complement the film.

An artists' talk will take place at the gallery at 13:00 on Sunday 1st October 2017

* "20 millisieverts per year" refers to the maximum dose of ionising radiation originating from a nuclear power plant to which citizens of Fukushima can now be exposed in a year. For the rest of Japan and the rest of the world the maximum permitted non-occupational dose to a citizen is 1 millisievert per year. 

In October 2016 Lis participated in a study tour of Fukushima organised by Green Cross International. The  20 millisieverts per year exhibtion is a selection of her photographs, and texts (in Welsh and in English), with which she examines some of the consequences of the nuclear catastrophe unleashed at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011. 

After six years the multifaceted catastrophe continues, despite extensive remediation efforts and spiralling costs. As well as the unresolved crises at the Daiichi nuclear plant itself, urban and rural areas remain highly contaminated with radioactive fallout and severe physical, psychological, social and economic consequences continue to unfold for many people.

The exhibition texts include scientific information and statements by the people Lis met while on the tour, which reveal some of the ways they are responding to the catastrophe.

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Exhibiting artists


Lis Fields

Meilyr Tomos

Cian Ciarán


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