Zombies Identified - (Re)Considering the Monster #2

g_pfau_zombexaminAn illustrated lecture on monster identity with artist George Pfau
Date: Monday, November 7
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $5
Presented by the Hollow Earth Society

Join us as George Pfau presents a slideshow-lecture juxtaposing clips from films and videogames with diagrams, animations, and other images to examine how zombies are portrayed in pop-culture and in the art world.

Pfau poses questions and criticisms about how the word zombie gets attributed to real-life people who exist in in-between states. In one anchoring clip, from the film Zombieland (2009), a character describes a hostile zombie as a “feverish, homeless, cannibal.” The aim is to draw focus toward the zombie as a visually complex, in-between body that has a lot to teach about contemporary fears surrounding contagion, death, recognition, and the loss of selfhood.

George Pfau grew up in San Francisco, received a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University, and in 2010, an MFA from California College of the Arts, where he received the Dennis Leon Award.  In 2010 he was an artist in residence at the Wassaic Project, in Wassaic, New York, at the Vermont Studio Center, and also in Salzburg, Austria, as winner of the Daisy Soros Fine Art Prize.  At CCA, he wrote his thesis on the recognition, classification, layering and mapping of the human body as seen through the pop-cultural notion of the zombie.  He is currently working on a new series of paintings, drawings, and videos relating to these ideas.


This is second event in the (Re)Considering the Monster series.  The first was writer Stephen Aubrey’s Consider the Werewolf.

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