Nuclear Detonation Timeline 1945-1998 (Video)

By Isea Hashimoto
(2003, 15 mins)

This film is a bird’s eye view of the history of nuclear explosions from 1945-1998 by scaling down a month into one second. The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted. I created this work to interface with the people who have yet to learn of the extremely grave, but present problem facing the world thru nuclear technology.

This film is based mostly on the data in “Nuclear Explosions 1945-1998” by Nils-Olov Bergkvist and Ragnhild Ferm, co-published by the Swedish Defense Research Establishment and the Stockholm International Peace Institute in 2000.

About the artist:

Born in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan in 1959. Worked for 17 years in financial industry as a foreign exchange dealer. Studied at Department of Arts, Policy and Management of Musashino Art University, Tokyo. Currently working for Lalique Museum, Hakone, Japan as a curator.

Created artwork series expressing the fear and the folly of nuclear weapons:

“1945-1998” © 2003
“The Names of Experiments”


There have been 57 nuclear power plant accidents since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, two-thirds taking place in the U.S.  ~ Dr Benjamin Sovacool, 2011 (before Fukushima).

One response to “Nuclear Detonation Timeline 1945-1998 (Video)

  1. I remember in the late 80s early 90s the code to begin a nuke attack was:
    Tango Echo Bravo Romeo November. Wonder what it is today? Maybe…hmmmm,…..Kiss My Ass Monsanto????

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