"Japanese Gamma Rays" by Grey Payday. Video art montage digitally composited using Final Cut Pro 7.0.3 and CoreMelt Complete V2. Edited in Arendal, Norway.
The video tells the pestilential story of the Fukushima Disaster, from the construction of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 1967, the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the government's malpractice of the disaster and the inadvertent acts of plant operator, TEPCO. The video revisits some imagery of Emperor Shōwa during the Second World War, and artworks of civilians depicted during the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. The affects of the disaster, charged by harmful gamma rays, will continue to devastate the nation in the form of poisoned land and sea, and diseases including cancer and morphological irregularities to many lifeforms for decades to come. Given Japan's somber nuclear history, the video questions how the authorities at hand could be so negligent with the responsibility of radioactive power.
Born from the redundancy of a defunct corporate company, Michael and Toran found themselves with six months of unemployed limbo waiting for the bureaucrats of the world to devour their share of the company’s corpse. With the time Michael and Toran explored the techniques and abilities they brought from their individual backgrounds to capture the nostalgic ambiance of redundancy, unemployment, world tragedy and social complacency.
Music written, produced and arranged by Toran Lee and Michael Andreola. "Japanese Gamma Rays" - taken from Grey Payday's debut album, Not Long Now.