Dead time in Gure Artea

23 October, 2009 - 20:00 - 10 January, 2010 - 19:00

Dead time, the new work by Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum, related to the Barakaldo Zombiewalk, will be presented in Museum Artium in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

The artists received awards in 2008 in the twentieth edition of the biannual Gure Artea prize, together with Asier Mendizabal (Ordizia, 1973) and Xabier Salaberria (Donostia-San Sebastián, 1969). The exhibition Gure Artea XX, curated by Miren Jaio, shows works by these artists developed over the course of the last year.

Dead time presents the record of a zombiewalk in three simultaneous video projections, as it marches towards a shopping mall in Barakaldo. The walk replicates a scene from Dawn of the Dead (1978) by George A. Romero, the movie that introduced the zombie as an alter ego of the alienated consumer. The video installation is accompanied by photographs of the recently constructed and empty urban spaces that served as a backdrop to the walk, reminding us that public space is primarily given significance through social practices.

The idea of a crowd of grotesquely dressed up zombies, simulating lack of direction and purpose, but fully aware of producing an image (since film first portrayed them, zombies have walked because of and in front of the camera), lends itself to all kinds of contexts: from self-serving subcultural rites to commercial marketing campaigns, from the neo-situationist drift of social activism to artistic performance. As a sign, the mob of zombies owes its porosity and capacity to provoke to its nature as a negative image of the classical representation of the modern collective subject: the marching crowd, united in a common cause.

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