Ethno-Techno Writings on Performance, Activism and Pedagogy

ISBN-10: 0415362482
ISBN-13: 9780415362481
Edition: 2005
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Description: The performance of "extreme identity" is familiar to us all through the medium of television (just switch onJerry Springer). So where does this leave the critical practice of artists who aim to make tactical, performative interventions into our  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/31/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

The performance of "extreme identity" is familiar to us all through the medium of television (just switch onJerry Springer). So where does this leave the critical practice of artists who aim to make tactical, performative interventions into our notions of race, culture, and sexuality? Guillermo Gómez-Peña has spent many years developing his unique style of performance-activism: his theatricalizations of postcolonial theory. InEthno-Techno: Writings on performance, activism, and pedagogy, he pushes the boundaries still further, exploring what's left for artists to do in a post-9/11 repressive culture of what he calls "the mainstream bizarre." Extensive photos document his artistic experiments. The text not only explores and confronts his political and philosophical parameters, it offers an insight into one of the most daring, innovative, and challenging performance artists of our age.

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction and thanks, Guillermo Gomez-Pena
Pedagogic interventions in the mainstream bizarre, Elaine Pena
Introductory essays and chronicles
Introduction: Elaine Pena
On the other side of the Mexican mirror
In defense of performance
Intro
The cartography of performance
Turning the gaze inward
Performance vis-a-vis theater and the art world
Culturas-in-extremis: Performing against the cultural backdrop of the mainstream bizarre
Confessions
Corporate multiculturalism
Uroboros: The spectacle of the mainstream bizarre
The illusion of talking back
The finisecular freak crosses the southern border
"Extreme sexuality" and other hollow concepts
Altered bodies and wounded bodies
Collectable primitives of ("in" and "at") the Great International Expo
"Alternative" spirituality and "world" tribalism
Performing the Other-as-freak
An open letter to the natinal arts community
Pedagogy: A useful guide to the Pocha method
Introduction: Elaine Pena
Crosscontamination: The performance activism and oppositional art of La Pocha Nostra
La Pocha Nostra: An ever-evolving manifesto
Pocha live: A crosscultural poltergeist
Producing Pocha
Ex-Centris: La Pocha Nostra's international cultural exchange as political praxis
Ten questions we haven't yet found answers for
La Pocha Nostra's basic methodology
Performance as radical pedagogy
Convocatory and preparations for the workshop
The bare minimum
Initial notes to the workshop participants
Performance exercises, rituals, and games
Advanced jamming sessions
Workshop conclusions
Performance radio
Introduction: Elaine Pena
Letter to an unknown thief
HSAC-TV: The Home-Shopping Art Channel
The imaginary effects of a Trans-American Free-Trade Zone
A sad postcard from San Francisco, Chilicon Valley
Postcards from Alaska: A chilling tale of performance artists in the snow
Touring in times of war
On dual citizenship
My evil twin
Saddam in Hollywood
Frida lite or Fat-free dah
Performance literature: For the stage and cyberspace
Introduction: Elaine Pena
Brownout 2
Introduction: Elaine Katzenberger
Border blessing
The script
Twenty-first-century Chicano newscast
America's most wanted inner demon
El Archeotypal Greaser
El Mad Mex
El Allatola Whatever
A declaration of poetic disobedience from the new border
Helpful performance tips on how to avoid xenophobia and express solidarity with innocent Arab-Americans after 9/11
The post-9/11 "rights and privileges" of a US citizen
Conversations with theorists
Introduction: Elaine Pena
Theatricalizations of postcolonial theory: A Colombian philosopher interviews a Chicano performance artist
The minefields of Utopia: A diaglogue on the dangers of artistic collaboration
The minefields of Dystopia: The pervasive effects of 9/11
Loose ends: The fluid borders between author and editor

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