Fukushima Audio Census
Fukushima Audio Census (2017) is an interactive artwork designed for the CHI 2017 art program. Live audio is transmitted from strategically placed microphones in the exclusion zone of a contaminated forest located 10 kilometers from the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. The artwork invites conference attendees to listen to forest sounds, retrieve past recordings, and talk with experts in the field of ecological neutrality. We hope to create a community among listeners at the conference, researchers, and creatures within the exclusion zone. The artwork is based on Live Sound from Fukushima (2016), a project produced by researchers Dr. Hiroki Kobayashi and Hiromi Kudo in the Kobayashi Lab (http://kobayashi-lab.com), Center for Spatial Information Science, at The University of Tokyo, Chiba, Japan. This project is part of a larger collaboration with scientists to collect, share, and analyze the sound-scape data from over 500 locations in the exclusion.