Conversations Across Borders

Overview

For the last fifteen years, performance artist and writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña has led a series of ongoing conversations with cultural luminaries from both North and South America.  These dialogues with theorists, curators, activists, and fellow artists—such as Lisa Wolford Wylam, Tim Miller, Felipe Ehrenberg, Orlando Britoo Jinorio, Silvana Straw, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, among others—explore the terrain between art and theory.  In Conversations Across Borders, Gómez-Peña has gathered the most ...

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Overview

For the last fifteen years, performance artist and writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña has led a series of ongoing conversations with cultural luminaries from both North and South America.  These dialogues with theorists, curators, activists, and fellow artists—such as Lisa Wolford Wylam, Tim Miller, Felipe Ehrenberg, Orlando Britoo Jinorio, Silvana Straw, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, among others—explore the terrain between art and theory.  In Conversations Across Borders, Gómez-Peña has gathered the most challenging and captivating of these conversations, revealing their significant contribution to key debates within the international art world. 

Both bold and humorous, these conversations address issues of timely concern to artists, including border culture, new technologies, urban hipsterism, and globalization gone wrong. Conversations Across Borders explores dialogue as a performative act, as a radical space for initiating and testing the boundaries of critical culture. Together, these texts propose a distinct set of critical practices that are invigorated by the endangered art of conversation.
            “Gómez-Peña’s commitment to force North America to adjust to the South, to acknowledge the hemisphere’s cultural imbalance, places him among the most significant of late-20th-century performance artists.”—Village Voice Literary Supplement

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906497507
  • Publisher: Seagull Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: Seagull Books - Enactments
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

 

 

Guillermo Gómez-Peña was born in Mexico City and moved to the United States in 1978, where he established himself as a performance artist, writer, activist, and educator. His other books include Ethno-Techno: Writings on Performance, Activism and Pedagogy and The New World Border: Prophecies, Poems, and Loqueras for the End of the Century. Laura Levin is assistant professor of theater at York University in Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Editor’s Introduction
      Laura Levin

Part 1: Conversation as...Alternative Mapping
Performing in the Zones of Silence
      with Gabriela Salgado Chihuahuas, Rockeros and Zoot Suits: Notes on Multiculturalism without People of Colour
      with Josh Kun Post-México en X-paña
      with Orlando Britto Jinorio How Does One Reach Manchuria?
      with Felipe Ehrenberg
Interlude: Performative Actions
Postcards from Alaska: A Chilling Tale of Performance Artists in the Snow
      with Silvana Straw Tech-ila Sunrise (.txt con Sangrita)
      with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Part 2: Conversation as Workshopping Theory
Theatricalizations of Postcolonial Theory
      with Eduardo Mendieta In Search of a Radical Pedagogy
      with Laura Levin Pose and Poseur: The Racial Politics of Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s Photo-Performances
      with Jennifer A. González There Goes the Virtual Neighbourhood
      with Lisa Wolford Wylam The City as a Bohemian Theme Park
      with Gretchen Coombs
Interlude: Performative Actions
Letter for the Year of the Snake
      with Rebecca Solnit Aztechnology: Racism in Radiolandia
      with Roberto Sifuentes and Matthew Finch
Part 3: Conversation as...Uncomfortable Inquiry
Tim Miller and Guillermo Gómez-Peña vs Homeland Insecurity
      with Tim Miller El Mad Mex Responds to the Question: Is the Performance Field Racist?
      with Friend X Navigating the Minefields of Utopia
      with Lisa Wolford Wylam Away From the Surveillance Cameras of the Art World: Strategies for Collaboration and Community Activism
      with Roberto Sifuentes and Lisa Wolford Wylam Agreeing to Disagree
      with Elaine Katzenberger
Interlude: Performative Action
Encounters with the Right
      with Radical Nativist and Republican Barbie
Afterword: A Performance Chronology
Multiple Journeys: The Life and Work of Guillermo Gómez-Peña

Selected Bibliography Notes on Contributors

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