Media Arts Program

Friday, June 20, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

/The Imaginary Line/ co-presented by Hallwalls, the Buffalo Arts Studio and El Museo.

Guillermo Gómez-Peña

"Chicano Sci-Fi:" Two Border Classics

In his multi-media and performance projects, west-coast artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña simultaneously remixes genres and languages, re-imagining border politics. His work blends humor, pop-culture, cyberpunk and activist strategies, and often involves collaborations within communities and across racial, gendered and generational divides. A founding member of the Border Art Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo, Gómez-Peña continues to work collectively with La Pocha Nostra. In addition to large-scale performances and installations, this ensemble uses workshops as a vehicle for cross-disciplinary cultural production. In his own video works he employs hybrid structures that juxtapose found footage with performance, B-movies with radical manifestos.

In El Naftazteca: Cyber-Aztec TV for 2000 AD (1995) he performs the role of a pirate veejay who interrupts broadcast television signals from his bunker, offering viewers a radicalized entertainment. In his 2001 mockumentary The Great Mojado Invasion, Part 2 (The Second U.S.- Mexico War), he interrogates Hollywood's colonial gaze within the imagined context of a "New Aztalan Regime." These "Chicano Sci-Fi" videos each use postmodern irony to examine issues of globalization—those occurring on land or manifest in virtual spaces. Thirty years after coming to the United States from Mexico City, Gómez-Peña continues to ask, "What are the new borders that we must cross?"

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