Today’s Tarot is the first card I ever pulled from the deck years ago, XVI The Tower. This card, though appearing to illustrate disaster is actually a card of hope. Nature herself knocks the crown off the castle, and the King and Queen fall to earth. Old patterns of oppression are violently broken in a brilliant flash.
The image of The Tower also recalls the expression of ‘thinking in silos’, isolated power that is not accountable. This is what happens when power becomes rigid, frozen, unconnected. What won’t adapt cannot endure.
Art can illuminate the way to change.
In Japan, a musician, CRZKNY, unites artists against nuclear power.
Electronic-music producer Kenji Takikawa’s work took a major detour following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.
“Like many Japanese people, I feel angry about the way March 11 and the consequent events that followed regarding nuclear power was handled,” says the Hiroshima native who records under the name Crzkny (usually rendered in all capital letters). “Once I learned about the events, I couldn’t look away from it. I feel that March 11 changed my music drastically.”
Takikawa creates juke, a frantic style of dance music that features split-second vocal samples, and in the last few years he has infused politics into his sound. His Crzkny releases often maintain a dark atmosphere and feature samples related to the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant meltdown. He also organized the “Atomic Bomb Compilation,” a 2012 project with a theme of “the abuse of nuclear energy,” featuring contributions from electronic artists all across the country. On Aug. 15, he’ll release “Atomic Bomb Compilation Vol. 2.”
Miyako Jodai, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, spoke out against the re-militarization of Japan and for the displaced people of Fukushima-
“Please do not threaten young people and children who bear the future of Japan. Please do not forget and not airbrush out the suffering of hibakusha (atomic bombing victims).”
She also touched on the plight of Fukushima residents who are still living in prefabricated houses in the wake of the March 2011 nuclear catastrophe at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, and the parents and children who fear for the future following diagnoses that the children have pediatric thyroid cancer, adding “Is it right to restart idled nuclear power plants in this situation? The way to dispose of spent nuclear fuel is still unknown. (The government and power industry) should immediately consider appropriate steps including decommissioning of nuclear power plans.”
The nuclear towers we have built will stand as monuments to a wrong turn in history.
Here is CRZKNY live from Hiroshima-