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La Pocha Nostra corpo-ilicito: post-human society 6.9 Donaufestival Krems 2010 / Failed Revolutions http://donaufestival.at http://pochanostra.… Read More
La Pocha Nostra corpo-ilicito: post-human society 6.9 Donaufestival Krems 2010 / Failed Revolutions http://donaufestival.at http://pochanostra.com "As live artists, our task is to create living metaphors that articulate a new aesthetic, culture, spirituality and a sexuality that emerge out of the ruins of our Western civilization.” One catchword characterises the icon of subversive American performance art, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, better than any other: crossing borders, not only the borders between Mexico and the US! His performances, video installations and texts are explicit attacks on generalised definitions of identity; above all ethnic, sexual, gender-specific and political in nature. His work has coined new conceptualities such as “ethnic techno” or “Chicano cyberpunk”. Together with the Cuban actress Michéle Ceballos, the ingenious deliberate confuser between cruel reality and liberating possibilities will celebrate his Austrian debut at the donaufestival! The performances of Guillermo Gómez-Peña and La Pocha Nostra, which are on view at all major art events worldwide, design performative settings by means of people exhibitions and dioramas, against the background of which the play with feedback loops between performers and audience unfolds. The duo’s latest project takes the reflexion zone and jam session as a point of departure. A symbolically charged plot and metaphors initiate a game as part of which the audience, as an indispensable part of the action, determines the outcome of the performance. Michéle Ceballos and Guillermo Gómez-Peña employ the “performance body” as a playing field for political relapse and poetic prophecies, exploring the fear of the “other”, the criminalisation of the “coloured body” brought on by the Bush era as well as the burgeoning culture of hope at the onset of the Obama administration. A performance located at a historic point between looking back on the recent past of the US and the attempt to create a possible future. Without jumping to conclusions or raising false hopes. La Pocha Nostra is a virtual „maquiladora“ (assembly plant) that produces brand-new metaphors, symbols, images and words to explain the new complexities of our times. The Spanglish neologism „Pocha Nostra“ translates as either „our impurities“ or „the cartel of cultural bastards“. We love this poetic ambiguity. It reveals an attitude towards art and society: „Cross-racial, poly-gendered, experimental, y que?“ With Michéle Ceballos and Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Read Less
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