Our good pal and artist George Pfau has a brand new, and as always, insightful video project that he has entitled simply: ZombieInterViews— a sequence of statements gathered from zombies at the 2014 Toronto Zombie Walk.
The zombies talked about many things, including:
– adapting to an ever-changing sense of self.
– questioning the rules we all choose to (un)live by.
– striving for recognition and rights.
– crossing blurry boundaries between parallel universes.
– attracting swarms of
un-costumed selfie photographers with their newfound celebrity status.
– being misunderstood, stereotyped and discriminated against by survival-supremacists.
– coming out of the closet/graveyard.
– making dietary choices and managing bodily urges.
– organizing to oppose government imposed systems of violence and oppression.
– falling in love.
When a zombie sees their own image reflected back to them, do they see “zombie?”
ZombieInterViews was filmed in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, a plaza containing a large reflecting pool. While this expansive liquid mirror provides a space for self-recognition, the site as a whole is a significant nexus point between individuals and their community. Nestled between two City Halls, old and new, the square has hosted myriad civic events including political demonstrations, concerts, farmers’ markets, and zombie gatherings.
Directed by George Pfau with assistance from Hannah Ireland and Brett Forest, the 8 min. 52 sec. video features forty-one talking zombies.
Many thanks to:
Jerica Roach, Jules Tobin, Bruce McIntosh, Pauline Walsh, Brad Hamilton, Keira Wong, Kylie Hunt, Corey Holdsworth, Scott Watson, Katherine Danielli, Angus Young, Eric Somerville, Erin Mcanany, Julia Viola, Sarah Lake, Olivia Curto, Allison Whalen, Aimé Champagne, Alexander Salgo, Mariah Hoekstra, Denise Ramlal, Cory Brown, Crystal Barry, Suze Tkachuk, Jesse Zunti, Alana Sambey, Sabrina Somersall, Sabrina Wall, Sabina Rock, Kenardo Thompson, JJ Hunt, Zach Coles, John Asselin, Sean McNab, Katelyn Goodyear, Willow David, Amanda Falikowski, Josh Dojcsak, Jacklyn Asselin, Jeremy Von Fright, Paula Von Fright
and to: Hannah Ireland, Brett Forest, Thea Munster, The Toronto Zombie Walk Board of Directors, Committee, and DEADicated Volunteers
About George Pfau:
George Pfau is an artist based in San Francisco. His recent projects: A vast, Where’s Waldo-esque drawing that features thousands of zombie-ish figures, zombieindex.us. An ongoing series of Impressionist and Pointilist paintings inspired by scenes from zombie films, zombiescapes.us. Comedian Dies, a video collaboration with stand-up-comic Caitlin Gill, comediandies.us. Between I and Us, a howling song performed on video featuring blues singer Augusta Lee Collins, betweeniand.us. Pfau has also performed his slideshow “Zombies, identified” at art galleries and universities across the U.S. He is currently working with the artist collective ERNEST, and subsequently collaborating with poet Tom Comitta on a project called Zombie Variations.
He can be found on Instagram and Twitter @georgepfau
George Pfau – georgepfau.com