Modeling Catastrophe. A Test Arrangement

Modeling Catastrophe. A Test Arrangement, Studio 1–8–5, Tokyo, Japan 2013.

Temporary installation (dimensions variable); HD-video projection (12:40 min), inkjet prints on paper (dimensions variable), wood, steel racks, various casting compounds, various synthetic materials, found objects.

The term catastrophe refers to events of destruction that exceed the existing order of perception and depiction, producing a new one at the same time. The catastrophic event becomes the measure of all prospective catastrophe events.
The term model can refer to a wide variety of things that are used as tools for describing something. It derived from the Latin word modulus, the diminutive of modus, meaning measure.
Modeling Catastrophe. A Test Arrangement juxtaposes examples of models that are used to exemplify events of catastrophe. Looking at how the Chernobyl disaster is reconstructed and portrayed in Ukrainian and Belarusian museums, a correlation to prognoses of catastrophe, compiled by reinsurers and other international institutions is sought for.
In a video projection museum staff explain Chernobyl-related miniature models and print media. Their statements draw a line to the current situation in Japan, two and a half years after the Fukushima-meltdown that had occurred subsequent to the great Tōhoku earthquake and the successional tsunami.
The installation furthermore reflects on Japan-specific traditional customs of risk mitigation and awareness (i.e. tsunami warning stones) as well as current developments in mitigating the risk and outcome of anticipated future natural disasters with so-called green infrastructure.

Managing Induced Seismicity, Inkjet prints on paper (dimensions variable).
Modeling Catastrophe – A Test Arrangement 2013, installation views.
National Report of the Republic of Belarus (Display copy): A Quarter of a Century After the Chernobyl Catastrophe: Outcomes and Prospects for the Mitigation of Consequences, published by the Department for Mitigation of the Consequences of the Catastrophe at the Chernobyl NPP of the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk 2011.
Chernobyl Measure, HD-video projection (12:40 min-loop).