13BC: Fatal Act

Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 3pm 

Artists' talk: Vic Brooks, Lucy Raven, Evan Calder Williams
Please join the founding members of 13BC for a talk and walk-through of FATAL ACT, currently on view at 80WSE until September 7. The exhibition concerns the ongoing legacy of atomic warfare and military testing in the United States, spanning histories of conflict, toxicity, and the images made to celebrate or contest this legacy. In particular, it expands outwards from the unlikely correspondence between Günther Anders, a German anti-nuclear activist and philosopher who fixated on technology’s capacity to outpace any human intention, and U.S. Air Force pilot Claude Eatherly, whose "all clear" weather report precipitated the bombing of Hiroshima and whose botched robberies after the war landed him in and out of jail and psychiatric care. Departing from an unrealized Bob Hope biopic of Eatherly’s life story, FATAL ACT works within the negative space of this incomplete project to at once refuse the iconic images of military spectacle and carry out a different work of memory.
13BC is a research and production collective for moving images co-founded in 2015 by Vic Brooks, Lucy Raven, and Evan Calder Williams. Their work has been presented at La Grand Balcon, La Biennale de Montréal (2016); Each Aspect of Life Is a Thing of Triad, mumok, Vienna (2016); Fade In: Int. Art Gallery - Day, Swiss Institute, New York (2016); Over You/You, 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana (2015); and Random Acts, Frieze Film / Channel 4 Television, London (2015). 13BC’s current solo exhibition Fatal Act at 80 Washington Square East Galleries in New York will tour to the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin in September 2019.
Lucy Raven is an artist based in New York. A co-founder of 13BC, her work is grounded primarily in animation and moving image installations. She has had exhibitions and screenings internationally, including at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Serpentine Gallery, London; MoMA and PS 1, New York; Portikus, Frankfurt; the Tate Modern, London; and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. A new permanent public artwork will open this September at the forthcoming Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Germany on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the school’s founding. She teaches at Cooper Union School of Art in New York.

Evan Calder Williams is a writer, theorist, and filmmaker. He is the author of Combined and Uneven Apocalypse; Roman Letters; Shard Cinema; and two forthcoming books, The Negative Archive and Manual Override: A Theory of Sabotage. He is an editor of Viewpoint Magazine and the translator, with David Fernbach, of a new edition of Mario Mieli’s Towards a Gay Communism. His individual and collaborative films, installations, and audio works have been exhibited at the Berlinale, Mercer Union, ISSUE Project Room, the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, and other institutions and festivals. He teaches at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.
Vic Brooks is a curator and filmmaker. Alongside co-founding 13BC, she is senior curator of time-based visual art at EMPAC / Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, co-chair of the Contemporary Curatorial Workshop at Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art, and works with the Calder Foundation to commission artists moving image. Brooks has commissioned and produced new works in the expanded field of visual art, moving image, and performance with artists such as Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, Martine Syms, Laure Prouvost, Ephraim Asili, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Clarissa Tossin, and Moved by the Motion (Wu Tsang, boychild, Josh Johnson, Patrick Belaga, Asma Maroof).