Di Yong-Jin (Gene) Park
U.S.A., 2005 , 4min., color, Sony HD Cam
– Yong-jin(Gene) created this work in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s recent advice for Americans to ready themselves for possible chemical and biological warfare. This animation shows how to use duct tape, and what to do when the event actually happens (sarcastically).
In 2003, this government warning set off a race to hardware stores and home improvement centers to stock up on duct tape, this warning is still being conveyed to the public. Does using duct tape and plastic make us safer now?
Those are largely ineffectual and make me think how we are vulnerable and need real solutions rather than an airtight room.(something about our vulnerability) In this view, he thought “Duck and Cover” drills which instructed children from time to time against potential nuclear attack from Soviet Union during cold war period, could match well to deliver current United States’ concerns especially about biological attacks by terrorists. The absurdity of being able to survive a nuclear attack, by putting your hands over your neck, is mirrored in the notion of keeping out biological agents by covering your mouth.
He tried to design this serious issue in a dry manner by using similar information graphics manipulated to fit his story of “Duct Tape and Cover”. He is asking his audience to think of what we really need to do to survive something like a biological attacks, and its impossibility. What can we do to survive in the event?
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