Martin Lucas

COLD SHUTDOWN:  Fukushima One Year After

[This film is] a short visit with the citizens of Fukushima Prefecture who are trying to protect the lives of their children and themselves in the face of the nuclear contamination of their region, still widespread a year after the disastrous meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.  The Fukushima disaster, the biggest nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl, has contaminated thousands of square miles of Japan.  It has also blown open the cozy relationship between politicians, the press and the nuclear power industry in Japan.  A group of Fukushima grandmothers join the Occupy movement, and ordinary citizens, dealing with what the head of Japan’s Red Cross called an “information vacuum,” take  matters into their own hands, exploring issues normally left to scientists, specialists, and ‘experts.’

Martin Lucas is a videomaker, educator and media activist living in Brooklyn, New York, whose work explores the links of the technological with languages of control and forms of resistance. As an early member of Paper Tiger Television Collective, Martin was one of the producers of The Gulf Crisis Television Project in 1991. His career includes works looking at urban crisis and the militarization of American culture including Earlier Incident, featured at the 2009 Niet Normaal Exhibition in Amsterdam and Treatment Plan recently screened at the Festival in New York. His work has been seen at locales including the Buena Vista Arts Center, San Francisco, the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, New York, The Knitting Factory, The New York Film Festival and the Ars Electronica, Linz.

For the last several years Martin has worked with Story Workshop in Malawi, Southern Africa, helping to develop production around gender violence, food security, and AIDS awareness.

Martin teaches video and new media production theory in the Integrated Media Arts Program of the Film and Media Studies Department at Hunter College, City University of New York. He has a BFA in film from New York University, and an MFA in Visual Art from the Vermont College of Fine Art.

Community Reading and Arts Contest

On March 20, 2012, we held the final public event of the exhibit:  a community reading at the Baron Gallery.  We ran out of seating, and still people came; they were sitting on the floor and leaning in through the doors. The following is a program of the event:


we keep


creased starlets


                              (from: Stacks by Nathaniel Marcus)

                              (art by Julie Gaynes)


Arts Contest Guidelines:

In connection with the current exhibition “The FIre That Doesn’t Go Out,” (, Shansi and The Plum Creek Review are sponsoring a reading and competition for creative writers and graphic artists.

Work entered in the competition should respond to some aspect–thematic and/or formal– of the current exhibit at the Baron Gallery.
There will be a $50 prize for the winner in each category (writing and graphic arts).

SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE:  March 14th.  HARDCOPY:   Oberlin Shansi Office, 103 Peters Hall;  ELECTRONIC COPY:

Winners will be invited to participate in a reading (co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, the Art Department, and the Main Street Reading series) on Tuesday evening, March 20, 7:30 p.m.,  at the Baron Gallery.

A walk through the gallery


March 1 -30 (closed March 25)

Monday-Thursday    9:30 – 7:00

Friday                         9:30 – 8:00

Saturday, Sunday       10:00 – 4:30  pm


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For details on the work shown here, please visit the individual artist posts

Artist Talk: After Aftermath by elin o’Hara slavick

WHEN:  5:00 pm, Thursday March 8

WHERE:  Hallock Auditorium, Environmental Studies Center

elin o’Hara slavick (Distinguished Term Professor of Art at UNC) will give a talk, After Aftermath, on her photographic project of “exposing” the continuing atomic history of Hiroshima. For a schedule of events and more information on the exhibit, please see the Schedule page.

Hypocenter in Hiroshima, Japan


The atomic bomb called Little Boy “dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 turned into powder and ash, in a few moments, the flesh and bones of 140,000 men, women, and children. Three days later, a second atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki killed perhaps 70,000 instantly. In the next five years, another 130,000 inhabitants of those two cities died of radiation poisoning. Those figures do not include countless other people who were left alive, but maimed, poisoned, disfigured, blinded.

A Japanese schoolgirl recalled years later that it was a beautiful morning. She saw a B-29 fly by, then a flash. She put her hands up and “my hands went right through my face.” She saw a “man without feet, walking on his ankles.” – Howard Zinn, Hiroshima: Breaking the Silence