The 2012 Doomsday Festival at 92Y Tribeca is already in full swing and we’re happy that tomorrow, Sunday (October 21), Incognitum Hactenus is co-presenting a screening of the 1985 Australian post-apocalyptic film The Quiet Earth.
The Quiet Earth shows us the unthinkable, the end of the world, as a result of a manmade shift in the fundamental fabric of the universe. Here, rather than seeing a dichotomy of the old versus the new (such as the zombie film), life (or Life) itself is obliterated. We only experience this “world without us” as Eugene Thacker would term through three characters who are quite literally the living dead (spoiler: they were in the process of death when the effect happen, thus allowing them to live, sort of). Their process of discovery and inherent knowledge that they are not long for this new world along with their loyalty to the old way of existing is as comfortable as it is frightening. The Quiet Earth is a slow and steady film into the lonely abyss.
IH co-editor will be doing an introduction to the film and Doomsday Fest has selected an incredible short, These Blazeing Starrs! Comets by Deborah Stratman, to play before the film. Starts at 6pm but we recommend getting there even earlier as this a fabulous series of shorts starting at 4pm!
Last Tuesday was a night of celebrating new horror at Nitehawk Cinema and IH was thrilled to be a part of it. First, we held a part for the release Living On: Zombies (Vol. 3) with “undead soul” tunes by Dave Tompkins and Jim Shaw’s film The Hole. Then we screened three films (based on video and found footage) by Darren Banks before the New York premiere of Magnolia Picture’s new horror anthology V/H/S. And lastly, we presented Banks’ amazing “tech gone wrong” montage for the after-party. To relive the event, check out the pics…
INCOGNITUM HACTENUS INVITES YOU TO…
LIVING ON: ZOMBIES RELEASE PARTY
Tuesday, October 2 from 7 – 9pm
Nitehawk Cinema (cafe)
Pre-party for the 9:30pm NY premiere of V/H/S (new horror anthology film released by Magnolia Pictures)
Screening: Jim Shaw’s The Hole (2007)
Spinning: “Undead Soul” by Dave Tompkins
Special horror cocktail: the Corpse Reviver
Stuff: Free digital copies of Living On: Zombies | check out books by contributors
Thanks to Magnolia Pictures, Nitehawk Cinema, Blonde Art Books, Darren Banks, Dave Tompkins, and all of our contributors!
LIVING ON: ZOMBIES
Incognitum Hactenus – Volume 3
Available September 12, 2012
Featuring contributions by:
Eugene Thacker | Sarah Juliet Lauro | Bruce LaBruce | Kate Thompson |
Jim Shaw | Simon Clark | Chad Robertson | Tom Trevatt
The third volume Incognitum Hactenus, Living On: Zombies, is a urgent re-thinking of the zombie in the realm of post-contemporaneity. In producing a new discourse surrounding this representational figure in all media, we aim to better address meaning (also in art and culture) beyond the current moment. Post-contemporary art and the Post-Contemporary Zombie now stumble hand in hand into a new world.
Image (still): Jim Shaw, The Hole, 2007 (JS07.51), Video with artist soundtrack, 11min 5 seconds (looped), Edition of 3, 2 APs, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Praz-Delavellade, Paris.
OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSION
Living On: Zombies
Incognitum Hactenus is re-thinking the zombie.
The release of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead in 1968 solidified our cultural awareness of what a zombie was and marked the beginning of the zombie film as a staple of Hollywood storytelling. Now a (regenerative) genre unto itself, the zombie movie invariably sees a band of survivors escaping from hordes of the undead, re-animated corpses limping mindlessly across desolated, post-apocalyptic landscapes that used to be our homes. Defined in part as a response to late capitalism, the zombie has come to represent humanity’s mindless consumerism, as in Romero’s second, and genre defining zombie movie Dawn of the Dead (1978), religious zealotry, the end of civilization, anxiety about our reliance on corporate medicine’s experimentation, 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later (2002 & 2007), conservative America’s racism, homophobia or general bigotry and so on.
In the next issue of Incognitum Hactenus – Living On: Zombies – we want to think beyond this narrow category to a beyond, to a realm of post-contemporaneity where the zombie, instead of being a figure of Romantic critique, is seen in a new light. This will be a double-death, the Romantic Zombie dies to make way for the Post-Contemporary Zombie. It is our claim that a rethinking of the zombie in this way produces new languages that can talk about, amongst other things, art beyond the current moment. Post-contemporary art and the Post-Contemporary Zombie stumble hand in hand into a new world. Happy writing.
Open call: if you are interested in contributing to Living On: Zombies please send a 200 word abstract to both editors: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Please note that not all submissions will be accepted for publication.