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The Hiroshima Project

The Hiroshima Project is a network based information project
It is a guided tour through the World Wide Web, taking the visitor along World Wide Web sites all over the world which have information about the atomic bomb on Hiroshima 50 years ago and its commemoration in 1995.
The tour is structured like a documentary television series would be, but it's non-linear, interactive and open-ended, and can be accessed like a database or catalog.
The Hiroshima Project not only gives information about the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and the 50 years thereafter, it also informs about the information on the atomic bomb (which informs about the non-information as well). It doesn't just show the valuable information, it also shows the non-interest, the denial and the ignorance.
It juxtaposes geographical and cultural opposites, crosses boundaries between perpetrators and victims. It shows how the world is currently dealing with this event, and with the life-threat that the knowledge of production of atomic bombs imposes on us.
The Hiroshima Project shows how this theme has been transformed in literature, film and the arts. The project converges into, circles around and leads back to one central document: the book 'Black Rain' by Masuji Ibuse. This book confronts the reader with the incomprehensible by means of poetic experience. The context is no longer global - on the contrary, in this book the context is very personal: individual humans are confronted with the brute energy unleashed by the atomic bomb explosion, and one by one they undergo the devastating effects this energy has on them.