[-empyre-] (hegemonic) Urban resilience. A view from from Fukushima

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 6 11:31:42 EST 2012

Dear Pablo, thank you for joining us! Your perspective and insights are
very welcome here!
To my fellow empyre comrades I want tell you Pablo is a very dear friend to
me and we have been following each other since 2004, when Pablo,
Hackitectura and Klein.org organized the Fadaiat meeting in Tarifa.
I invited Pablo to participate in this discussion because I feel his
practice of architecture and activism gives an important prospective to our
Un abrazo Pablo, y bienvenido!


On Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 1:24 AM, Pablo de Soto <pablodesoto at gmail.com> wrote:

> dear friends
> I am Pablo de Soto, architect and co-founder of hackitectura.net, I have
> been working on border and migration <http://fadaiat.net/> issues, critical
> media-architecture <http://issuu.com/pablodesoto/docs/situation_room>,
> filmmaking activism against Gaza siege in Egypt<http://vimeo.com/11807140>and recently compiling
> the maps of 15M movement in Spain<http://tomalapalabra.periodismohumano.com/2011/10/15/los-mapas-del-15m-al-15o/>
> .
> Sorry I am joining late the discussion and running to read all your
> previous mails. Ana want me to add my perspective from recent experiences
> in Fukushima's age Japan.
> I spent the last months accompanying the actions of antinuclear movement
> in Tokyo, been part of Occupy Kasumigesaki<http://www.scoop.it/t/cartas-desde-fukushima?tag=05_%20Occupy%20Kasumigaseki>(the 3 tents camp in front of the ministry of Industry, Economy and Trade)
> and researching about cultural and artistic response to nuclear ongoing
> nuclear crisis<http://es.scribd.com/doc/81789987/NuclearPowerPlants-RadicalArt>.
> I made two trips to Fukushima prefecture to follow the stories of radiation
> refugees<http://www.scoop.it/t/cartas-desde-fukushima?tag=02_%20Radiation%20refugees>,
> and I took part of the Yokohama Global conference for a nuclear power
> free world <http://npfree.jp/english.html>.
> If analising the situation in Japan (the ongoing nuclear crisis) under the
> lenses of "resiliance and resistance", what I found there is how (by
> design) resilient capatilism is. "By design" I mean how well a
> hypercapitalist mainframe as Tokyo has been designed to survive a nuclear
> disaster: 1/ In geography by sacrifiying the surrounded area (of course the
> dangerous power plants that provide electricity are not in the capital but
> 200kms away). 2/ In the infosphere by controlling mainstream media,
> covering up information and keeping the consumerism dream even if the "Myth
> of Safety" has melted down.
> What I found in Japan is a situation of resiliance by force: population
> not evacuated in Fukushima being forced to live in a low level radioactive
> enviroment and been force to learn about how to protect themselves against
> radiation while government states a non really true "crisis is over".
> The resistance to this "hegemonic resiliance" is a vibrant and creative
> insurgency, that in such a matrix scenario, struggles against
> naturalization of nuclear disaster. And the movement is growong because of
> the cognitive dissonance: the difference in between the facts and the lies
> coming out from governement and Tepco (the energy corporation).
> Pablo
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