Dead Power Stations: Fukushima and Battersea get the Jerwood/FVU Film Award treatment

| 04 March 2016

Stills and teaser trailers from the two winners of the Jerwood Film Awards - exploring the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster and the future of Battersea Power Station

a film still of a  hand holding a meted weathered smart phone
Film still from ‘The Eye That Articulates Belongs on Land’ by Karen Kramer. Produced as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: ‘Borrowed Time’.© Image courtesy of the artist
This year's Jerwood/FVU Awards saw emerging talents Karen Kramer and Alice May Williams receive major commissions of £20,000 each to realise significant new moving image works.

Inspired by the exhibition theme ‘Borrowed Time’ - a reflection on the uncertain nature of our contemporary economic and ecological moment - both artists explore the legacy of power stations.

While Williams dedicated her work to the urban development of the Battersea Power Station, Kramer captured unique shots of the recovering landscape of Fukushima which is still off limits to human access almost 5 years after the nuclear leaks.

Karen Kramer



On the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster of March 12 2011, Kramer explores the ‘re-wilding’ of the landscape around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor where particular areas became off-limits to human access.

Almost five years on from the first radioactive leaks, we are starting to be able to better evaluate the effects of Japan’s clean-up programme and nature’s own ability to repair and re-establish itself.

Film still of a power station from ‘The Eye That Articulates Belongs on Land’ by Karen Kramer. Produced as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: ‘Borrowed Time’.
The Eye That Articulates Belongs on Land’ by Karen Kramer© Image courtesy of the artist.
a film still of two dilapidated and abandoned Japanese shop fronts
Film still from ‘The Eye That Articulates Belongs on Land’ by Karen Kramer. Produced as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: ‘Borrowed Time’. © Image courtesy of the artist.
a film still of a group of fishermen fishing in the ocean from the end of a plain concrete pier
The Eye That Articulates Belongs on Land by Karen Kramer. © Courtesy the artist
a film still of a fox picking its way between boats on a pebble beach
The Eye That Articulates Belongs on Land by Karen Kramer© Image courtesy the artist
Film still from ‘The Eye That Articulates Belongs on Land’ by Karen Kramer. Produced as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: ‘Borrowed Time’.
The Eye That Articulates Belongs on Land by Karen Kramer. © Image courtesy of the artist.
Film still of a mummified dog and set of keys rom ‘The Eye That Articulates Belongs on Land’ by Karen Kramer. Produced as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: ‘Borrowed Time’.
The Eye That Articulates Belongs on Land by Karen Kramer. © Courtesy the artist


Alice May Williams



Williams was listed for Dazed Emerging Artist 2015 and Catlin Art Guide 2015. Her film about the Battersea power plant is a unique and playful exploration of online imagery, combining archive footage from its industrial heyday with computer-generated renders of the future.

a films still showing power station chimneys next to the Thames
Film still from ‘Dream City – More, Better, Sooner’ by Alice May Williams. Produced as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: ‘Borrowed Time’. © Image courtesy of the artist
a film still of a fire on a building or demolition site
Film still from ‘Dream City – More, Better, Sooner’ by Alice May Williams. Produced as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: ‘Borrowed Time’.© Image courtesy of the artist
a film still of a porthole view of Battersea Power Station
Film still from ‘Dream City – More, Better, Sooner’ by Alice May Williams. Produced as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: ‘Borrowed Time’.© Image courtesy of the artist.
A film still of a red bus passing a sing saying WE LIVE HERE
Film still from ‘Dream City – More, Better, Sooner’ by Alice May Williams. Produced as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: ‘Borrowed Time’.© Image courtesy of the artist.
a films still of a crane and large towers
Film still from ‘Dream City – More, Better, Sooner’ by Alice May Williams. Produced as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: ‘Borrowed Time’. © Image courtesy of the artist
a film still showing a computer generated architects visualization of the future of Battersea Power Station
Film still from ‘Dream City – More, Better, Sooner’ by Alice May Williams. Produced as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: ‘Borrowed Time’. © Image courtesy of the artist
an aerial view showing Chelsea Football Club stadium occupying Battersea Power Station
Film still from ‘Dream City – More, Better, Sooner’ by Alice May Williams. Produced as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: ‘Borrowed Time’. © Image courtesy of the artist
  • Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: Borrowed Time will run March 9 – April 24 at Jerwood Space, London then May 28 - July 10 2016 at CCA, Glasgow.
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