El Oviedo / The Closet Vampire 1999 - 2000
“The Closet Vampire” was first developed as a project involving the inhabitants, office-workers and guests of the Oviedo building. During the initial process and following several meetings and interviews between Diego Gutiérrez and the building’s tenants, the artist becomes aware of a certain mistrust on behalf of the tenants toward him. His intentions, although previously made known to the building’s community, become the subject of rumors. Gutiérrez finds himself wrapped up in a cloud of suspicion which in turn provokes his own transformation into “The Closet Vampire”.

For months, Gutiérrez rehearses the incarnation of a sort Nosferatu. The alien vampire devotes his time to wandering the hallways of the building, feeding upon his own exclusion in order to contrive his personality.

The vampire is visible only through a series of post-cards and letters mailed to the tenants, and through video recordings made through a series of fake installed security cameras.

The Closet Vampire

By combining the audio of the film Nosferatu from Werner Herzog and the footage recorded by security cameras in the Oviedo building, Gutiérrez creates a 2-hour film that he later shows in a series of monitors installed in the lobby and corridors of the building.

During his stay, Gutierrez keeps a kind of log which, as a final act of reciprocity, is published and distributed among the community of the building. The “Diary of a Closet Vampire” divulges the intimate details of the metamorphosis of the artist, as well as the details of the experiences, motivations, concord and discord that engendered the presence of a vampire in the Oviedo building.

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Diego Gutierrez: eldespacho@gmail.com
Linda Bannink: lindabannink@gmail.com