Unknown at the time in Tokyo, the massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake in 2011 set off a chain of devastating events - the brutal tsunami which triggered the unprecedented nuclear crisis which struck Japan's North East coast, a triple melt down at Fukushima nuclear power station. Today the Fukushima reactor is still unstable, three years post disaster, and contaminated water is still leaking. Tepco is struggling to find a solution for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of highly radioactive water. Some of Fukushima's 200,000-plus nuclear evacuees are now permitted to return to their homes during the day, but radiation levels are still too high for them to make a permanent return. Photo Chikashi Suzuki
Designer Alice Temperley a native of Somerset has started a fundraising campaign dedicated to helping those who have been hit by the catastrophe in Somerset, England. Since the launch of the #FLOODSUPPORT #TEMPERLEY campaign at the brands London Fashion Week show, over £100,000 has been raised for the Somerset Emergency Flood Relief Fund Appeal supporting the flood efforts.
This initiative has already been backed by names such as Gillian Anderson, Laura Bailey, Bella Freud, Jefferson Hack, Natalie Massenet, Charlotte Olympia, Liberty Ross, Jade Parfitt, Charlotte Tillbury, and Florence Welch amongst others. They are asking the public to social media their message of support with the hashtags.
Acclaimed German film director Wim Wenders and Australian philosopher Mary Zournazi will be discussing their new book Inventing Peace (I.B. Tauris, 2013) with Professor Jacqueline Rose tomorrow from 6:45pm at the ICA, London. Taking the form of a written dialogue, Inventing Peace presents the question of how we look at the world, but do not see it when there is so much war, injustice, suffering and violence. Inspired by various cinematic, philosophical, literary and artistic examples Wenders and Zournazi reflect on the need for a change of perception in everyday life as well as in the creation of images. In its unique style and method, Inventing Peace demonstrates an approach to peace through sacred, ethical and spiritual means, helping to make peace visible and tangible in new and unforeseen ways. Tickets are available to buy from the ICA's website here.
In honor of Black History Month acclaimed Brooklyn-raised director Spike Lee will be giving a free talk at Pratt Institute as part of the new "Pratt Presents" program series, which features distinguished guests in a variety of formats. Lee, whose works features the seminal and Oscar-nominated 1989 film Do the Right Thing, will share thoughts on his road to success, the themes that resonate through his work, and the cultural impact of his career. Tickets are free but need to be reserved in advance by emailing email@example.com.