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. Read more 1 comment

Stay inside. Close windows and doors.

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The "Zombie manifesto" was issued as a communiqué in the days leading up to 19 April 2008 in Overvecht, a grey suburbs of high-rise buildings in Utrecht, the Netherlands. A few months later, again, but this time in Barakaldo, a satellite town in the metropolitan area of Bilbao in Basque Country. Both times, this sardonic call to arms was all it took to summon up a crowd of people to voluntarily subject themselves to an elaborate collective fantasy, in the framework of the art project Stay inside. Close windows and doors. Read more

"It is us who are the dead: The Living Dead as a Walking Mirror" by Jordi Costa

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In the opening shots of Shaun of the Dead, by Edgar Wright, an intelligent comedy ignored by Spanish cinemas, a procession of sleepwalkers performs an everyday dance to the sound of the lounge tune Sunny Delights by the British band I Monster. Before the first zombie (strictly speaking) even makes an appearance, this prelude makes it clear that in our world of iPods, supermarket checkout queues and lives held in suspended animation at the bus stop, we all are zombies to some degree or other. This was the inevitable conclusion that the genre would arrive at from the moment George A. Romero, father of the living dead as the archetype of modern horror, turned the resurrected legions in Dawn of the Dead in 1978, his brilliant sequel to Night of the Living Dead (1968), into the mirror of consumerist inertia, voracious and insatiable even after brain death. Read more

"Unconscious Consumption: Anatomy of Zombie Life" by Jaime Cuenca

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The modern zombie, as characterised by George A. Romero, is a lethal machine whose sole purpose is to consume fresh human flesh. That which distinguishes it from any other creature can be described using the expression unconscious consumption. In this essay, I shall develop this argument and attempt to show its surprising validity as one of the central traits of our way of life. With regard to the physical characteristics of zombies and their patterns of behaviour, I base myself on The Zombie Survival Guide (hereinafter ZSG) by Max Brooks; in my interpretation of the modern conditions of life, I shall follow above all the work of Zygmunt Bauman. Read more

Hareng Saur: Ensor and contemporary art

30 October, 2010 - 14:00 - 27 February, 2011 - 17:00

A video of the project "Stay inside. Close windows and doors" has been selected for the exhibition Hareng Saur: Ensor and contemporary art, to be shown in Contemporary Art Museum SMAK in Ghent. Opening is on Saturday the 30th of October, at 14:00 in the Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition runs until the 27th of February.

Bookpresentation of ‘Stay Inside. Close Windows and Doors’ + screening ‘Dawn of the Dead’ at Schijnheilig

4 April, 2010 - 20:00

Zondag 4 April / Sunday April 4th, Schijnheilig presents: Bookpresentation ‘Stay Inside. Close Windows and Doors’,
followed by the screening of George A. Romero’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’ (1978).

A night of gore, zombie slapstick and alienated entertainment! Read more

Bookpresentation in Hormiga Atómica, Pamplona-Iruñea

18 December, 2009 - 20:00

Presenting the book in bookstore Hormiga Atómica in Pamplona-Iruñea (C/ Curia 4) with one of the authors, the philosopher Jaime Cuenca Amigo and María Mur Dean from consonni.

Bookpresentation in Joker Comics, Bilbao

16 December, 2009 - 19:00

Presenting the book in bookstore Joker Comics in Bilbao (Alda. Urkijo, 27) with the artists and editors of the book, Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum, and Nerea Ayerbe Elola from consonni.

Bookpresentation in Ochoymedio, Madrid

3 December, 2009 - 19:30

Presenting the book in bookstore Ochoymedio in Madrid (C / Martin de los Heros, 11), with one of the authors, the film critic Jordi Costa, and as guest the film director Nacho Vigalondo, together with María Mur Dean from consonni.

Zombie Bike Ride in Amsterdam

31 October, 2009 - 19:00

The Amsterdam Rebel Clowns invites you to join a Wild Zombie Bike Ride, at 19.00 in the Cinema bar, OT301 Overtoom 301, Amsterdam. Read more

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. Read more

Presentation of the book in ANTI-Liburudenda

24 September, 2009 - 20:30

Anti-liburudenda, the popular cult bookstore located in Bilbao, is pleased to present “Quédense dentro y cierren las ventanas // Stay inside. Close windows and doors”, next Thursday 24th of September at 8.30pm, in their shop on Dos de Mayo 2, Bilbao.

The publication

The publication Quédense dentro y cierren las ventanas // Stay inside. Close windows and doors has finally been printed! Edited by Iratxe Jaio y Klaas van Gorkum and published by consonni, it is a collection of theoretical writings, quotes and memories related to the zombiewalks that occurred in Utrecht and Barakaldo.

It contains texts written by, among others, the cinema critic Jordi Costa, the philosopher Jaime Cuenca Amigo, the director of The Showroom in London Emily Pethick, the artistic director in Fundación Tapies (Barcelona) Laurence Rassel, and a comic by Maaike Hartjes.

95p. / colour / 17cm x 23cm / Spanish-English
ISBN: 13:978-84-937361-0-1
19€ This price does not include sales tax or shipping costs outside Spain.

Distribution in Spain:
Belleza Infinita in bookstores specialized in art and contemporary culture and
SD Distribuciones in bookstores specialized in comics and departement stores.

International distribution
To be confirmed


The book is bilingual: in English and Spanish. Read more

ANTI- Liburudenda

ANTI- Liburudenda is a bookstore specialised in art and contemporary culture, founded in Bilbao in 2005. It is the place to familiarise yourself with a broad range of offerings, but always from a critical and alternative point of view. Read more

Zombie Manifesto

The Zombie is kind of unglamorous, as far as characters from cinema go. Bereft of consciousness, personality and ambition, the zombie is more of a tragic antihero; a repulsive parody on the ideal citizen, with no other connection to lived experience than the automatic repetitions of old socialization routines. Read more

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