Now comes the remarkable writer William T. Vollman with an excerpt from No Immediate Danger, the first volume in a series that will explore the many delusional stories we conjure to justify our unwillingness to change behavior — except in the most trivial ways — while in the midst of the anthropogenic sixth extinction. His title refers to the narrative superimposed by Japanese government and corporate reality spinners in the aftermath of Fukishima.
Images are from the studio of artist and ocean advocate Courtney Mattison.
It appears that even robots sent into the Dead Zone at Fukishima have a limited life expectancy, in the vicinity of three hours. Seeking more detailed information about longterm biological/genetic effects of the accident on humans and other life forms, we came across a fascinating interview with Koide Hiroaki, a nuclear engineer who for has argued tirelessly for the abolition of all nuclear power plants in Japan, and elsewhere.
The entire interview, which roams widely through the toxic ethical, political and scientific vapors that envelop Fukishima, is worthy of close consideration. Below, we offer a montage of excerpts, with images added by DP: Bogdan Rata’s vivid exploration of possible shapes for future neo-humanoid mutations.