A performance / event in collaboration with Ort Gallery staged on Birmingham’s busy shopping streets. Dressed as “zombie employees”, more than 60 participants helped to map the former locations of thirteen of the big retail chains which have disappeared from our high streets since the start of the financial crisis in 2008.
On Saturday 11 April 2015, High Street Casualties: Ellie Harrison’s Zombie Walk was staged on Birmingham’s busy shopping streets.
Dressed as ‘zombie employees’, more than 60 participants helped to map the former locations of thirteen of the big retail chains which have disappeared from our high streets since the start of the financial crisis in 2008: MK One, Woolworths, MFI, Land of Leather, Borders, Habitat, La Senza, Barratts, Past Times, Julian Graves, JJB Sports, Blockbuster & Phones 4U.
Following the event, a special exhibition at Ort Gallery documented both the aftermath and the ‘making of’ High Street Casualties and featured the première of the short film about the project by Tamás Kiss (above) and photography by Marcin Sz and Marta Sobilo.
High Street Casualties: Ellie Harrison’s Zombie Walk forms part of a series of works, including The History of Financial Crises, The History of Revolution: Ellie Harrison’s Fireworks Display and Vending Machine, for which Harrison uses deliberately playful and provocative tactics to analyse and visualise the all important economic and political data which might otherwise go unnoticed.
High Street Casualties is curated by Josephine Reichert with production assistance by Coral Amber Catullo and Katie Stafford.
Zombie Employees: Emiel Aarten, Debbie Aldous, Samantha Aplin, Isabella Aplin, Tristan Aplin, Trudie Bagwell, Joseph Baker, James Barakat, Phil Burrows, Coral Amber Catullo, Elaine Christie, Oli Coxon, Gemma Deeks, Marieanne Delaney, Stefan Dijkstra, Maddo Doughty, Ellie Harrison, Phillip Hennessey, Niels Hofsteenge, Shelley Hughes, Melis İç Ten, Pawel Jaksa, Ruud Janse, Gomi Kelford, Daan Kuyper, Jessica Lawrence, Jordan Lee, Aileen Ludwig, Rachel Mayfield, Sharon Miles, Simon Morral, Merlina Mullings, Balint Musci, Peter Norris, Andrew Nosko, Wesley Oerlemans, Honorata Omelanczuk, David Rees-Jones, Josephine Reichert, Jen Richardson, Louis Robinson, Oscar Robinson Piñero, Pablo Robinson Piñero, Daniel Rull-Levene, Marta Sobilo, Jacob Sobilo, Michael Sobilo, Marcin Sz, Ben Taylor, Lisanne van Dijk, Eline van Gurp, Martin Villau, Destiny Walton-Brown, Jennifer Wilkins and Justin Winfield.