PACIFIC 3,2,1 ZERO (Part 1, 1982) – a work of protest against nuclear testing and waste dumping in Oceania in the South Pacific, performed by NZ music/performance group From Scratch in a film collaboration with award-winning director Gregor Nicholas.
(devised and first performed, Paris Biennale 1980, produced on film 1994).
Between 1946 and 1992, the UK, USA and France detonated over 200 nuclear devices in the Pacific, displacing indigenous people from their homelands and deliberately exposing others to fallout.
In 1981, From Scratch was invited to perform at the 12th Paris Art Biennale. The opportunity was too good to miss for a direct protest about French nuclear testing in Eastern Polynesia. Pacific 3,2,1 Zero (part 1) resulted. (a Part2 sequel followed immediately after the Paris / New York performances).
The musical structure reflects the idea of isolated islands of humanity connected by common waters whose currents innocently carry nuclear contamination.
From Scratch: Phil Dadson, Wayne Laird, James McCarthy.
Composed by; Phil Dadson, Wayne Laird, Don McGlashan, with thanks to Geoff Chapple.
(The film won the Grand Prix and first prize in its category at the 1994 Cannes/Midem Visual Music Awards, and later in the same year, first prize for Best Editing in the NZ Film and TV Awards).