Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Echo at Satsop
A film and sound installation by Etsuko Ichikawa

February 7 - March 14, 2014

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

"The artistic ripples of radiation are satisfying, intimate, healing, but they ripple farther out, into realms that are threatening, vicarious, ominous." -The Stranger 

Click the play button above to listen to our interview with Etsuko Ichikawa. Click here to download the interview.

The making of the short film Echo at Satsop began with Jack Straw resident artist Etsuko Ichikawa's response to the triple disaster that occurred in her home country of Japan on March 11, 2011. A magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit the Tohoku region, causing a massive tsunami that led to the collapse of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Tragically, due to ongoing radiation leakage, its devastating impact on the people and environment around it, will continue for years to come.

Ichikawa and her crew, including Jack Straw engineer Tom Stiles, were granted access to the abandoned Satsop nuclear facility in Elma, Washington, where they captured all of the video and sound used in the making of this film. Ichikawa was inspired by the emotional juxtaposition between ethereality and fear that she experienced while being in Cooling Tower 3, as well as by the amazing acoustic property of the space. The sound created by simply clapping hands becomes an almost emotional experience within the tower where Ichikawa's act of prayer and purification are captured.

In this New Media Gallery installation, the film will be projected and the associated sound will be installed at various locations throughout the space, enabling visitors to experience the echo effects.

March 11th, 2014 was the third anniversary of Japan's devastating earthquake, tsunami, and aftermath. We presented a gathering at Jack Straw where Etsuko gave a short presentation about her project Echo at Satsop that was prompted by this tragic event, with the opportunity to share concerns on ongoing nuclear effects and have some dialogues.

Jack Straw Productions gratefully acknowledges The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsFund, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs. This Jack Straw artist residency project received additional support from a 2013 4Culture Individual Artists Project grant.



Recent exhibitions

Art to Art (December 5, 2013 - January 17, 2014) by Srivani Jade and Annette Solyst

Lições dos Antepassados (Lessons from the Ancestors) (September 20 - November 22, 2013) by Steve Peters

Elements (July 26 - August 28, 2013) by Robert Blatt

I Love You, But You're Too Loud! (May 31 - July 12, 2013) by meadow starts with p

Lost Long: a landscape (March 22 - May 22, 2013) by Ruth Marie Tomlinson

Signal to Noise: Imagined Frequencies of Radiophonic Space (January 25 - March 8, 2013) by Amber Cortes

Outside In/Inside Out: The Inner Life of Jack (June 22 - August 24, 2012) by Ellen Sollod and Johanna Melamed

CARTASONIC (April 6 - June 8, 2012) by Perri Lynch, Lara Swimmer, and Robert Zimmer

Blue.Hour (February 10 - March 30, 2012) by Yann Novak

The Network Is a Blind Space (December 9, 2011 - February 3, 2012) by Stelios Manousakis

Mother May I: Work in Progress Phase I (November 4 - 11, 2011) by Beth Fleenor

About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery, located in Seattle's University District at Jack Straw Productions, opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Click here to learn more about the gallery, the residency program, and previous artists.


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