Undead and/or Dead Living: The New Social Category

Mateo Tannatt on Zombies

Mateo Tannatt’s diverse artworks are hard to summarise in general terms. However, one frequent point of departure for the artist is the idea that public urban space – particularly corporate space – is a stage for involuntary performance by all those who use it. Tannatt has made installations, photographs, paintings and films; for the recent Performa 11 biennial in New York, he devised Pity City Ballet, a performance resembling a television talk show which took place in the lobby of the Saatchi & Saatchi headquarters in Manhattan. The following exchange, with the art critic Jonathan Griffin, developed over the weeks leading up to that performance. Griffin and Tannatt are both based in Los Angeles. Read the rest of this entry »