Isao Hashimoto’s “Timeline” (2003) graphically charts the number, location and national origin of nuclear detonations that have occurred on the planet from 1945-1998. By combining cartography with statistics, each month bleeps in at regular intervals like a metronome, with ambient illuminations surging across the surface of the atlas to signify the Cold War and other notable testing periods. Once the total number of denotations has been recounted, a post-script of national tallies is then relayed. As a recurring subject for Hashimoto – the names of the nuclear bombs are listed in another work – it is the plain use of information from the perspective of history that makes “Timeline” so chilling a piece of electronic art.
Isco Hashimoto was born in Kumamoto (1959). The artist lives and works in Hakone.