Consumer society and the zombie apocalypse

When we wake up in the morning and put our feet on the ground, we better have a good reason for getting up. If we don't, it makes no difference whether we stay inside and go back to sleep.

This website is a wake up call. It is also a collection of texts, photos, videos in memory of the events that happened in such deceivingly unremarkable places as Overvecht and Barakaldo, where hundreds of zombies heeded that wake-up call and took to the streets to invade the shopping malls, joining a melancholic revolution without leaders, and sense of direction.

Background:

Stay Inside. Close windows and doors is a project by the artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum that looks at the role of commercial centers and shopping malls in the social fabric of the suburbs and municipalities at the fringe of cities.

Taking the zombie as the ideal character for a roleplay about life in the modern city, the artists organised two Zombiewalks, inviting neighbourhood residents to join them in a morbid parade that lead to the local shopping malls, where the participants, dressed up like bloodied corpses, would mingle with the startled customers, in a collective action between performance, dérive and street theatre.

From January to April 2008 the artists worked in Overvecht, a suburb of Utrecht in the Netherlands, where they organised the Overvecht Zombiewalk, commissioned by the Art Council of Utrecht (In Overvecht), in collaboration with Casco projects.

In Barakaldo, a sattelite town of the Greater Metropolitan Area of Bilbao in Basque Country, the artists worked together with consonni on the Marcha Zombi Barakaldo which took place on the 14th of June 2008. A few months earlier, they had organised a Zombie Seminar, with the philosopher Jaime Cuenca Amigo, the cinema critic Jordi Costa, the artist and cyberfeminist Laurence Rassel and the organisers of the Madrid Zombiewalk (Gorka Arranz and Sephiroth).

These events have provided the content for the final publication: "Quédense dentro y cierren las ventanas - Stay inside. Close windows and doors", edited by the artists and published by consonni.

Comments

Manoel (not verified) Thu, 01/01/1970 - 02:00

Sattelite town!?! :-D Qué bueno. Me parece una denominación inapropiada para la mayor anteiglesia del mundo...

Pero en fin, que me hizo chiste descubrir vuestra iniciativa por medio del bimensual Diagonal, y quería felicitaros por la idea. No sé si conocéis las reflexiones que este humilde barakaldés hizo hace tiempo en torno al significado sociopolítico de los zombies: http://casdeiro.info/textos/index.php/2004/11/04/interpretacion-sociopol...

Voy a seguir leyendo sobre vuestro proyecto. Lástima que me pilló ya emigrado... me hubiea gustado presenciar esta marcha zombi por Barakaldo :-)



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