Vaughan, S (2012) Tohoku. In: European Geosciences Union Assembly, Austria Center, Vienna, Austria, 22 - 27 April 2012.

Item Type: Exhibition
Creators: Vaughan, S
Abstract: Tohoku is the third in a series of photographic works made at the edges of the Earth’s tectonic plates. This on-going research uses photography to investigate geological phenomena and associated cultural histories of the land, in locations where the Earth’s surface is regenerating, subducting or transforming. The resulting photographs combine the scrutiny of catastrophic geological upheaval, within the context of a human-cultural understanding of place and history.
Date: April 2012
Event Location: Austria Center, Vienna, Austria
Number of Pieces: 25

A solo exhibition of photographs from the Tohoku series was shown at the European Geosciences Union Assembly in Vienna in April 2012, with an audience of 11,000 delegates from the international geoscience research community. The exhibition was accompanied by a lecture presentation as part of the EGU Assembly conference.

Tohoku was originally intended as a further investigation of seismic histories in the Japanese landscape that extended the concerns of the previous series (A Catfish Sleeps). It emerged from Vaughan’s interest in research by Kenji Satake (Earthquake Institute, University of Tokyo) and Brian Atwater (USGS and University of Washington) into an historical tsunami that occurred on the east coast of Japan in 1700.
On 11 March 2011, shortly after Vaughan had returned to Japan, the M9.0 Great Tohoku Earthquake struck the Tohoku region. The resulting tsunami caused immense devastation and loss of life in the same areas of the east coast as the 1700 tsunami.
In contrast to his earlier series – in which such events were invisible or imagined – Vaughan’s photographs in Tohoku were made amidst the catastrophic circumstances of the earthquake and tsunami. This series of photographs became an immediate and urgent photographic document, recording the impact of immense geological forces on landscapes and human lives.
The immediacy of this document is set within the broader temporal context of Vaughan’s on-going research enquiry. The photographs continue to explore the inter-relationship between the geological and cultural landscape – presenting fundamental questions about the physical, psychological and historical relationship between human beings and the incomprehensible, indifferent forces of nature.

Subjects: T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2013 09:55
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2022 10:43
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