Blood-sucking creatures have long been the themes of dark tales of bloodthirsty human-animal interactions (Stoker, 1897; Murnau, 1922; Browning, 1931; Updike, 1960; Ulrich, 1993; James, 2005; Jones, 2012). 

Jean Painlevé in The Vampire film (1945) argues that by thinking on how blood-sucking insects spread diseases to humans, ‘it is easy to see how the vampire came to be imagined in human form, drinking blood from the wound it inflicts on a human throat, like Nosferatu in Murnau’s film’. 

Vampires is a series of participatory experiments created with the collaboration of virologists, entomologists, non-academic communities, artists, and people who have had dengue fever. 

The main goal was to generate questions related to the mosquito, the virus, and the disease, not only in a way that might be more appealing to people, but fundamentally that reflected back on why a new relationality with dengue fever was needed.

The central event of Vampires took place at the 3B Espacio gallery in Medellín (Hernán Marín + Maribel Flórez), with more than 60 people taking part. As we wanted to stimulate both critical and creative engagement, we decided to produce a multi-sensorial art intervention made of drawings, video and sound installations, photograph displays and tactile experiences. 

We also intervene the city by pasting posters and QR codes on telephone poles and other public spots. The last phase of the Vampires public experiment placed large-scale video installations in different public places. The idea was to project short videos (such as Break-bone Fever and Bloodlust) and to show some of the outcomes of the public participation.

Special thanks go to Hernán Marín, Maribel Flórez, Daniel Ronderos, Andrés Ramírez, Elva López, Felipe Villegas, Martha Vera, Carolina Quintero, Manuela Herrera, Jovany Barajas, Sergio Pulido, Susana Valencia, Lucía Tobón, Mario Valencia, Mike Bluett, Loveday King, Amanda Hunter and Andrés Ruiz.
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