Bicycle-mounted, 'kamishibai' paper theater storytelling about living with Nuclear Energy in a post-Fukushima world.
last few hours.....and we're there! THANK YOU!!!
be a $5 backer-- get an AWESOME beer-top magnet
Excess funds will help us print more stories --------->
As a promotional event, TALK NUKES collaborated with SDG&E to shut down San Onofre for 12 hours! *
Talk Nukes is a storytelling project using Kamishibai [paper theater] on a bicycle to talk about nuclear energy and living in a post-Fukushima world. Kamishibai dates back to 1920's Japan and was a precursor to comic books and television.
In a hyper-connected world with smart phones, facebook walls, and twitter followers accessible 24/7― it's increasingly difficult to broach the subject of the potential and risk of nuclear energy in open, hearty dialogue. With a kamishibai bicycle and a bunch of fun stories looking into living with nuclear energy, we hope to transcend the simple "like" button or comment thread.
OUR GOAL: 50 bike-based performances across the 50-mile radius around San Onofre Nuclear Station, CA by the 1-year anniversary of Fukushima (3/11)
For more info please visit talknukes.wordpress.com
How we'll do it:
By October 2011 we'll have system in place for submitting and downloading artist-submitted story cards in the TALK NUKES series groups: Imagine a Nuke-Free World, My Nuke Story & Things You Can Do. These stories will be on rotation as we take the kamishibai bike out to TALK NUKES.
By November 2011 we will have the bicycle and stage functioning with our first two completed stories (approx 10-12 story cards each): 1) The History of Nuclear Energy in California 1950-2011 and 2) Surviving Fukushima: Personal Narratives After Disaster.
From November 2011-March 2012 we will set out to share these stories at least 50 times within the 50-mile radius around San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in Southern California (from Long Beach to Tijuana).
Readings, submitted art/stories & our findings will be documented and posted online.
TALK NUKES! beer cap magnet/badge
Posters:2 originals available and screen-printed reprints on high quality Japanese paper-- designs will be added and updated weekly. you can make your selection after this backing campaign ends.
8 X 11 TALK NUKES Poster 
8 X 11 TALK NUKES Poster 
YOU GOT IT (THE RIGHT STUFF) BACKER PACK!
In addition to an original, one-of-a kind toddler painting on handmade paper, you'll receive an unopened pack of NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK trading cards. These were made by Topps and sold in 1989, the same year Rancho Seco was shut down in Sacramento!
You'll also get a hand-pulled TALK NUKES! screenprint poster [above], and our grattitude on the web and from our hearts.
Take a nostalgic trip back to 1989, then gift them to 16 of your friends. Keep the sticker for yourself. ('16 super gloss photo cards, 1 sticker & toddler painting on 5" x 7" recycled milk-pack handmade paper)
So many vests, so little time. You Got It!
TALK NUKES T-SHIRT [in purple & yellow]
ORIGINAL TALK NUKES! PAINTINGS by CHIBIPINCH [toddler art!]
Classic Wallets by CHINPINCH (8 one-of-a-kind designs to choose from!)
What's our point? We want to launch TALK NUKES! with a positive spin on this grim subject: here, in Southern California there is still time to avoid a similar disaster. We have too much in common with Fukushima: aged nuclear reactors built (literally) on fault lines & with low-ball tsunami break walls.
CHINPINCH is a native Tokyoite and spent half her childhood in Nagasaki, Japan. Big But Pretty lived in Nagasaki working for the Ministry of Ed. from 2004-2006. Since March we have hosted two family friends and their children here in San Diego. In short, this project is the result of a pact we made with these friends: we promised to TALK NUKES! and use our energy to engage in dialogue within our community.
It might not be the perfect one-button answer I wish we had--but dialogue is something we can do at this moment, with our resources.
Mainstream media is shying away from a chilling reality: Fukushima Daiichi continues to spew radioactive waste into the land and sea. Though Japanese officials and media are trying to downplay the situation, citizen journalists are tweeting, posting and live-streaming reports of insane cesium readings (in Tokyo, 290km away) and the earliest symptoms of fallout exposure. It is still difficult to relay what we're finding out and understanding, but, at best, it is a national disaster there.
Help us by creating a story card. Make it 11" X 17" and tell your story in relation to nuclear energy. If you can, try creating a whole story. We'll work it into the rotation of stories!
Also, we could really, really use help from a local San Diego print-shop. We need to have screenprinting screens created so we can hand print posters, shirts & promotional materials/SWAG to give people & increase dialogue.
We will take the Kamishibai Bike out on 20-25 outings between October 2011 and March 2012. In most cases I'll take the bike out when an opportunity arises, or for community events like farmers markets or festivals. We'll document and post the location & reflections after each day-trip, but we won't be posting a schedule or map in advance.
I'm willing to take the Kamishibai Bike out weekly because so far, bringing this subject up with people I meet--friends, co-workers, neighbors and strangers--has only provided invaluable insight and knowledge about the current state of energy.
So, there will probably be many more than 50 performances with the bike--we just came up with 50 performances in honor of the '50 mile radius' evacuation zone.
The first $1,000 to fund this project is a minimum amount to get a bike, build and mount a kamishibai stage, complete the first two stories and create web resources for taking artist submissions for future stories. $100 covers the Kickstarter & Amazon fees.
The funds will cover:
a dutch-style townie bicycle (a 'mama-chari' in Japan!) with back rack (~$250) materials and construction of a stage to house 11" X 17" story cards (~$100) a simple printer and card stock for printing the first 3 story sets & reward sets (~$100) professionally prepared screenprint frames for posters, shirts & stickers/cards (~$100) web hosting, domain & flickr-pro account to launch talknukes[dot]com (~$300) thrift-store purchased costumes and props for authentic 'kamishibai experience' (~$50) first orders of stickers & business cards, & newsprint for posters (~$100+) Money raised over $1,000 will be invested in printing more posters, story card sets to give away to schools, libraries & community centers, and after $2,000 we hope to build a second bicycle for multiple, simultaneous TALK NUKES! action.
We live within 50 miles of a Southern Californian power plant, SONGS.
And here is something we were interested to read about living within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant: http://www.psr.org/resources/evacuation-zone-nuclear-reactors.html
unfortunately, the answer is: no.we only receive the monies for this project if we reach the minimum goal of $1,100.