Video

Borderstasis

Guillermo Gomez-Pena

1998, 22:21 minutes, colour, English/Spanish

TAPECODE 416.02

Performance Artist/writer and NPR commentator Guillermo Gomez-Peña has been developing multicentric narratives from a border perspective. He creates what critics have termed "Chicano cyberpunk performances." The epistemological premise of these projects is as follows: the cultural borders have moved to the center and the self-proclaimed center (or alleged mainstream) is pushed to the margins and treated as exotic and unfamiliar, placing the audience member in the position of "foreigner". He often uses multilingualism, humour and hybrid literary genres and musical styles as subversive strategies.
In this new solo performance the artist explores among other issues, fear of immigration, the side effects of globalization, censorship and interracial sexuality.

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