29 / 03 / 2010

Sunday 4 April: Bookpresentation ‘Stay Inside. Close Windows and Doors’ + screening ‘Dawn of the Dead’

Bookpresentation ‘Stay Inside. Close Windows and Doors’,
followed by the screening of George A. Romero’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’  (1978) in Galerie schijnheilig.

Founded in 2004 at the Heiligeweg 41 in Amsterdam, this nomadic, non-profit gallery has since moved to different locations in Amsterdam, initiating many interesting projects and being a host for many other organisations who needed a cheap and relaxt venue.
Galerie Schijnheilig is run by a diverse group of volunteers consisting of students, artists, critics, and other enthousiasts. Galerie Schijnheilig wants to give beginning artists, performers, musicians and organisations a place to perform and to experiment in its broadest sence. 

A night of gore, zombie slapstick and alienated entertainment!

Ever since the release of George A. Romero’s zombie-epic Dawn of the  Dead, the zombie has become a comical figure of cultural critique. In  Romero’s film, zombies wandering aimlessly though a suburban shopping  mall serve as a grotesque representation of contemporary consumerism and  alienation. Presently, artists Klaas van Gorkum and Iratxe Jaio have  started their own brand of zombie critique, inviting the neighbors of  Overvecht (Utrecht) to join them on Zombie parades to the local shopping  mall. They have now published the book ‘Stay Inside. Close windows and  doors’ and Klaas will join us to speak about their experiences.

20:00 Doors open
20:30 Book presentation: ‘Stay Inside. Close windows and doors’,  presented by Klaas van Gorkum.
21:15 Break
21:30 Screening of George A. Romero’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’ (1978)

More on the project:
“Stay Inside. Close windows and doors” is a project by the artists  Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum that presents the zombie as a distorted  image of the exemplary citizen, to address ideas of multitude,  consumerism, dystopia, alienation and participatory practices. 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.

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. 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'


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