Nakanojo, Agatsuma District, Gunma 377-054, Japan
How do hazard maps, tools
for defining and governing risk, inscribe themselves into the physical world
they depict as well as the consciousness of the people inhabiting it?
Onsen Community Center is located on the
premises of Sawatari Shrine. Besides community activities, it is used
as an assembly point in case of
to its location on a steep slope, leading to a narrow river valley, the village
of Sawatari Onsen has a history of weather-related calamities, of which the
most devastating was probably the 1935 flood and mudflow, caused by typhoon-induced torrential rains.
installation attempts to grasp different, partially conflicting perspectives on
and sensitivities towards these location-specific risks. Historical damage maps
of the flood of 1935 are juxtaposed with hazard maps of the area, assembled by
different stakeholders, the municipality and insurance companies.
elaborate map compiled by the locals in a series of workshops that were held in
the same location, gathers detailed information on site-specific hazards, based
on their and their ancestor’s experiences.