Indefinite Deposits

Indefinite Deposits, a screening and conversation with artist Frank Heath, whose work explores our capacity to envision—and survive—cataclysm.

With Frank Heath 7:00 p.m. 264 Canal Street, 3W, New York, New York
Presented with Swiss Institute

Please join us for Indefinite Deposits, a status report and screening with artist Frank Heath, whose work scrutinizes the technologies, structures, and fictions we build to preserve humanity in case of cataclysm.

Heath will screen “A Prime Condition,” the newest episode in On the Beach, his ongoing, multi-year series commissioned by Triple Canopy. On the Beach is part of The Long Tomorrow, an issue of the magazine that asks: Who bears the responsibility, and who possesses the imaginative capacity, to conceive of an ideal world? Heath’s series takes its name from the classic Cold War novel by the British author and aeronautical engineer Nevil Shute, in which the sole survivors of a global nuclear disaster pass the time as radioactive fallout drifts across the seas. Heath’s adaptation, like many previous ones, explores our collective capacity to envision the end.

“A Prime Condition” centers on a massive underground storage facility in the Midwest housing the original reels for many major U.S. film studios, and on the pursuit of a hidden subway DVD shop. The caretakers of each repository also contribute to Heath’s twin narratives via excerpts of the films they house. Heath will also share his research for two new episodes: the first focuses on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a “final backup” of seed samples from crops around the world, stored within the permafrost of an Arctic mountain; the second examines the Crypt of Civilization, a time capsule of cultural artifacts to be opened in Georgia in 8113 AD.

Following the presentation, Heath will be joined in conversation with a Triple Canopy contributing editor, the artist C. Spencer Yeh. This program is co-presented with Swiss Institute, where Heath’s exhibition “Blue Room” will open on February 16.

The event will be followed by a reception with food and drink, sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to ensure that events are accessible and comfortable, we’ll open the doors at 6:30 p.m. and strictly limit admittance to our legal capacity. Please check Triple Canopy’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates, as we’ll indicate if events are sold out.

Triple Canopy’s venue is located at 264 Canal Street, 3W, near several Canal Street subway stations. Our floor is accessible by elevator (63" × 60" car, 31" door) and stairway. Due to the age and other characteristics of the building, our bathrooms are not ADA-accessible, though several such bathrooms are located nearby. If you have specific questions about access, please write at least three days before the event and we will make every effort to accommodate you.

  • Frank Heath is an artist living and working in New York. He has had solo exhibitions at Simone Subal Gallery, New York; Swiss Institute, New York; and Art Basel Statements, Basel. His work has been included in group exhibitions and screenings at the Kitchen, New York; International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Power Plant, Toronto; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the High Line, New York, among other venues.