ZERO LAND

on contemporary nuclear zones

From 1983 to 1986, filmmaker Peter Watkins undertook a transcontinental project to map the corrosive anticipation of impending nuclear catastrophe on the people of Sweden, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Soviet Union, Mexico, Japan, Scotland, Polynesia, Mozambique, Denmark, France, Norway, West Germany, and USA.
Today, we have our own shorthand for disasters in progress—Fukushima, Iran, Pakistan, Israel, North Korea, India, China, Diablo Canyon, San Onofre, Sequoyah, Watts Bar—pitting once again the helplessness of the citizen, the artist, the activist against hysterical militarization and the relentless pursuit of energy in its most volatile forms.

ZERO LAND follows the lingering traces of the global nuclear regime in images both sweeping and minute: the global cartography of fear in Watkins's monumental, 14-hour THE JOURNEY; monstrous, seeping glitchscapes of Joshua Gen Solondz's new work IT'S NOT A PRISON IF YOU NEVER TRY THE DOOR; and an exhibition of materials and resources, charting a set of new relations to cat
astrophe.
Open 1pm-6pm Sat-Sun Nov 16-17 and 23-24, 2013
At Heliopolis Greenpoint
154 Huron St