Apocalypse Yesterday

by Sam Heydt

The edge is closer than we think, but illusion won’t free us from reality, even as the sustained narrative of tabloids becomes history and the myth of progress continues to perpetuate inequality.  As the natural world is liquidated and substitutes with an artificial one, public discourse is being defined by even narrower bandwidths. While social processes defy the logic of individualism in global capitalism, the underbelly of profitability fueling globalization emerges as exploitation.

In a time marked by mass extinction, product fetishism, diminishing resources, and patented seeds, we find ourselves in a world exploited beyond use, a world increasingly reduced to a bottom line. Concerns for which are drowned out by the white noise of the media and the empty promises it proposes for the future it truncates.

Working across different media- film, video, installation, photography, sculpture, sound and text, Heydt presents an abstract proposition for a world on theperiphery of history, one that not only appears haunted by the ghosts of the past,but built on it.

Heydt’s layered imagery conflate time and place, colliding and merging generations of possibilities, and disrupting logical relationships between occurrences.

Combining images of destruction with portrayals of the virtues born from the American Dream, Heydt confronts the disillusionment of our time with the ecological and existential nightmare it is responsible for.