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– Autumn/Winter 2006

Be Corpse

Tags: Bernadette Corporation

Bernadette Corporation, Out of Space, 2006, video, 30min (stills). A 'Pedestrian Cinema' production funded by the KulturStiftung des Bundes, Germany. Courtesy of Bernadette Corporation

Bernadette Corporation, Out of Space, 2006, video, 30min (stills). A 'Pedestrian Cinema' production funded by the KulturStiftung des Bundes, Germany. Courtesy of Bernadette Corporation

Zombies have their place in culture, and with that status there come all the restrictions afforded by being stuck in a genre - horror - that ensures a continuing popularity while keeping things on the culinary level of cannibalistic gore and floppy entrails splatter effects.

We have yet to see any great leap of zombies outside of their limited niche, and in fact such a leap would not only be unexpected, but also would be greeted with dismay by horror fans and casual indifference from everyone else. For those who would take the zombie on a stroll outside of its graveyard, supplement a diet of human flesh and blood with whole grains and carbonated drinks, the exercise seems futile, even time-wasting. But then again this could be mistaken for a positive signal, a green light to go ahead and undertake a bit of speculative zombie theory.

There are moments when perceptual evidence can be overturned by subjective interpretation. A street can be crammed with bars, restaurants and cafés that are themselves packed with talking, drinking, laughing, dancing, fighting patrons who are the living example of sociability as we know it. At the same time, along that street there can be somebody who takes one look around and says, 'All this is dead'. Alive and dead, at the same time. Other examples of positive signs, negative signs and contradictory signals: an after-party for a biennial and the size of the crowd trying to get in is drastic. Desperate partygoers look for alternative entryways around the building and break through windows. Inside are reports of aggression, blood, a fortified VIP room in full-siege mentality. Those who wish to