Zombie Variations

George Pfau and Tom Comitta

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Zombie Variations Symposium

George Pfau and Tom Comitta

Featuring:
Ashley Brim,
Angela Hennessy,
Rajkamal Kahlon,
Sarah Juliet Lauro,
Jonah Mixon-Webster,
& Joshua Warren

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Zombie Variations

“Zombie” is everywhere. There’s “zombie formalism,” “zombie technology,” “zombie debt,” “zombie poetry.” If something exists, there’s a living dead version of it. Why is this? And to what effect? For years George Pfau has been exploring these questions and our culture’s fixation on zombie through painting, drawing, video and lecture. Starting with a collaborative video, also titled Zombie Variations, he began to work with Tom Comitta on a number of linguistic and poetic inquiries into zombie and the grotesque. This book brings together Tom’s sound and visual poetry and George’s zombie research to create works at the intersection of word and image. We have made drawings, paintings, poems, tongue twisters, temporary tattoos, graveyard rubbings, cartoons, xeroxes, xeroxes of xeroxes, an iOS app called BlabberLab and more. In many chapters notes and sketches introduce the works; the Appendix section provides thorough title and background information to individual works.

Zombie Variations Symposium

This symposium extends the inquiries of George Pfau and Tom Comitta’s work on the Zombie Variations project, featuring six commissioned pieces. Sarah Juliet Lauro’s piece doubles as a unique work of creative theory and an introduction to the extensive scholarly work that has been published about “zombie”. Joshua Warren’s collage collects instances of the word “zombie” as it appears in transcripts of court cases. Angela Hennessey deconstructs the ideologies that mask and distort death. Rajkamal Kahlon describes her pieces as growing out of “nature and social implication of autopsy reports and death certificates emerging from U.S. military bases and prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Ashley Brim uses dialogue, interior monologue and allegory to confuse the irrationality so often prescribed to the swarm of anonymous zombies in films and books. Jonah Mixon-Webster expounds on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan and the atrocities that governments have committed against the citizens of Flint.










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