PLAYING -- It begins from Tonight
of the Living Dead by 400 Lonely Things
A dark-ambient instrumental remix project over a year in the making,
using treated dialogue-free audio from the 1968 version of Night
of the Living Dead as its only ingredients, and is accompanied
by a 12-page booklet of photo treatments adapted from the movie as
The idea of the Zombie long predates
that of the bloodthirsty undead that populated horror films since
the 1960s. The original zombies were drugged victims under the
control of certain powerful spiritual practitioners. Zombification
may have been used as punishment for certain crimes. Lately,
the word “zombie” has found a place in diverse discussions, in
disciplines such as economics, computer science, and entomology,
The Atlanta Zombie Symposium includes
a panel discussion, entitled The Zombie Perceived: Religion,
Media, and Society; a double feature film screening of Night
of the Living Dead and Return of the Living Dead,
directed by Dan O’Bannon; and Dance of the Undead,
a dance party with Zombie Transformation Chamber. Area partners
will participate through presenting other interpretations of
the idea of the “zombie”.
1 – 3:45 PM, Panel Discussion The Zombie Perceived:
Religion, Media, and Society, Dr. Dianne Stewart,
Emory University; Dr. Andrea Wood, Georgia Institute of Technology
Laszlo Xalieri. Moderated by Stan Woodard.
Clary Theater, Bill Moore Student Success Center, 225 North Avenue,
NE, Georgia Institute of Technology. FREE
(SEATING IS LIMITED, ARRIVE EARLY!)
5 – 9 PM Films Night of the Living Dead,
(1968) directed by George Romero + Return of the Living Dead (1985),
directed by Dan O'Bannon, A rare opportunity to see
George Romero’s classic on the Big Screen, followed by Dan O’Bannon’s
hilarious send up of the zombie scenario.
Plaza Theater, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. $9
for one, $12 for both
10 PM – 2 AM, Dance of the Undead,
Including the Zombie Transformation Chamber.
Graveyard Tavern, 1245 Glenwood Ave., East Atlanta Village $2
The Atlanta Zombie Symposium is created and organized by Stan
Woodard, with participation from the School of Literature, Communication,
and Culture, Georgia Institute of Technology, Gorehound Productions,
and Public Domain, Inc. This program is funded through the generous
support of Robert Brawner, Gene Hooff, Louis Corrigan, Hormuz
Minina Louise Shaw, and Deborah Ryan.
Additional funds are sought, contact Stan
Woodard to donate. (Your donation is tax
deductible. Consult your tax advisor for details.)
Flash, October 2 We Are Survival Machines, Carl Di Salvo and David Holstius
Curated by Louise Shaw in association with The Zombie Symposium.
Zombies in Vodun
According to the tenets of Vodun (voodoo), a dead person can be
revived by a houngan or mambo. After resurrection, it has no
will of its own, but remains under the control of the person
who performed the ritual. Such resurrected dead are "zombies".
It is in the same series with The Philosophy of the Simpsons, The
Philosophy of the Matrix, etc., all popular culture oriented tomes
of light-academic work (I guess in some cases less light than others).