The interactive map shows the locations of nuclear plants all over the world. By clicking on each one of them, detailed information pops up showing how many people live near the reactors and, thus, would find themselves in the same situations as the people who lived in Fukushima when the disaster took place.
By using the map you can connect to Facebook and Twitter. If you do it, the software grabs the information about your friends/followers and actively searches for the ones who live near nuclear plants (e.g.: the distance of their home location is less than 300km from a reactor).
When it finds them, it alerts them on social networks by tagging them on an image, pointing out the risks of living near a nuclear plant, and inspiring them to go to check out the map.
When you do this, you can browse the map and see additional information appear: the images and names of your social network buddies appear next to each reactor, indicating the people you love who would suffer from an accident in that location.
Nuclear Anxiety is a global performance giving a voice to the planetary discussion on nuclear energy.
People worldwide have been discussing about nuclear energy using social networks and the Nuclear Anxiety global performance has been created to narrate the story of this ubiquitous discussion.
Fear, doubts, ideas, hopes, wishes of people worldwide, across countries and cultures feel the need to understand the planet’s energetic future.
Nuclear Anxiety will be LPM’s Sensible Data section final performance.
Participate to the performance!
Everyone is invited to join:
use the #nuclearanxiety hashtag on social networks to contribute text, ideas, images, videos, sounds and whatever comes to your mind and can be linked on the web.
All the contributions will form the content of the performance and you will be given full credit for your contribution on the website, including name (or nickname used on social networks) and link to your social network profile or website.
Please participate to this global discussion on the energetic future of the planet.
These are really complex days. The earth itself seems to be revolting. Together with its people: Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria.
Chernobyl nuclear disaster is still in our minds and in the continuous stream of information coming from the media that anyone who lived during those times remembers quite well: the contradicting information about nuclear energy, what was contaminated with radiation, what wasn’t, what you could eat and what you should have avoided.
And, in the background of both events, as a continuous barely hearable noise, the scenario of this enormous topic for discussion: the energetic future of the world, between oil, nuclear power and new, renewable forms of energy.
This is something that is often discussed in terms of “future”, but it is a future that has already arrived.
The other day we had been discussing about these issues with penelope.di.pixel, and we realized that we didn’t have any answer, and that in that moment all that prevailed was a sustained sense of anxiety. Something that movies, net mythologies, urban legends and all sorts of conspiracy theories have infiltrated in our minds as something believable even if we don’t believe in it.
It is a simple twitter based visualization: while you look at it, it fetches the most recent tweets speaking about “nuclear” in several languages, adds them to a database and plots them on a map using icons.