Friday, November 30, 2012

Evan Calder Williams

Thu, November 29, 2012 - 7:00pm
Artists Space: Books & Talks, 55 Walker St. NYC
Evan Calder Williams' text-based performance "In the Wan Light of Napalm and Moon" presents new research into the intersection of two old and ever-renewing histories: horror and capital. In collaboration withRobert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (AKA Lichens) and an armoire, Williams takes flight through the unfortunate occasion of the Restoration Hardware catalog (a yuppie interior design fantasy of pre-ruined things on which to sit, sleep, or eat), the work sketches the secret hell of production and circulation through a set of tools drawn from the history of the horror genre. Borrowing from the Godwinian gothic of Charles Brockden Brown and the object dread of Edogawa Rampo, from British werewolf films and 1940's radio dramas, this performance, in a mode simultaneously sinister and goofy, maudlin and furious, tracks out a line of thought that insists the only things worse than haunted houses are the actual houses in which we live.

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