Suspended Moment in Los Alamos

I’m honored to have the chance to perform this Sunday in my hometown!

SUSPENDED MOMENT SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017 4-5:30 P.M. HISTORIC FULLER LODGE, Los Alamos, NM

Join us on the anniversary of the world’s first atomic test to experience Suspended Moment, a sculpture installation and Butoh dance and poetry performance by Los Alamos native Allison Cobb and Hiroshima native Yukiyo Kawano, with Butoh choreography/dance by Meshi Chavez, soundscape by Lisa DeGrace, and video projections by Stephen A. Miller.

At the center of the performance is a life-sized sculpture of the bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945, created by the artist Yukiyo Kawano. Yuki was born and raised in Hiroshima, a third-generation atomic bomb survivor. She creates her sculptures from WWII-era kimonos that belonged to her grandmother, and sews them together with her hair, melding the DNA of generations of atomic bomb survivors.

Co-sponsored by Los Alamos History Museum, Los Alamos/Japan Project, and Los Alamos County Library System. Funded in part by a grant from the New Mexico Intervention Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

 

WE ESCAPE FEAR

Photos by  Stephen A. Miller of our performance Tuesday at Littman White Gallery in Portland. Art by Hiroshima-native Yukiyo Kawano and poetry by me, a native of Los Alamos, where the atomic bombs were made. Our aim is to bring to life the human impact of nuclear weapons so they will never be used again. Please learn more and support our project at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/suspended-moment-community-education#/

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The secret was not inside the plastic

GE desire

Today by the miracle of interlibrary loan I received this GE publication from 1946, How Plastics Solved War Problems. It came encased in plastic.

GE case studies

It came all the way from Stillwater, Oklahoma.

GE plate

I had hoped that inside I would find out how the builders of the atomic bomb used Bakelite, the first synthetic plastic.

GE TOC

I did not find that secret inside, but a bee arrived.