Collection Title: Hemispheric Institute Encuentro:Staging citizenship : cultural rights in the Americas(7th : 2009 : Bogotá, Colombia). , Hemispheric Institute archive
Title: Double album
Alternate Title: Guillermo Gómez-Peña's 10 psychomagical actions against violence
Alternate Title: 10 psychomagical actions against violence
Alternate Title: Ten psychomagical actions against violence
Date: 2009 Aug. 26
Location: Performed at the Ed. de Artes Plásticas (salons 205 and 207), Universidad Nacional, in Bogotá, Colombia, on August 26, 2009, as part of the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
Work Type: Performance.
Chris Tabron, videographer ; Gray Wetzler, editor.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:07:05
Language: Includes English and Spanish.
Synopsis: 'Two Simultaneous Performances' was presented as a part of the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, held in August of 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia, under the title 'Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas.' This 10-day event brought together activism, scholarship, and art around the themes of legacies, memories, struggles, and frontiers of citizenship. Although their projects emerged from different geographical contexts and different performance languages, Tania Bruguera and Guillermo Gómez-Peña engaged in a 'performatic conversation' whose goal was to 'coexist and co-create a parallel, temporary universe' as 'an act of international reconciliation.' This is a video documentation of Guillermo Gómez Peña’s collaboration for 'Two Simultaneous Performances'. In '10 Psychomagical Actions Against Violence,' Gómez-Peña explored both the legacy of fear of the Other - the criminalization of the brown body inherited by the Bush administration - and the emerging culture of hope, imagination and faith that has developed in response to the former world order. Gómez-Peña is a performance artist/writer and the director of the transnational arts collective La Pocha Nostra. He was born in Mexico City and came to the US in 1978. Since then he has been exploring cross-cultural issues with the use of performance, multilingual poetry, journalism, video, radio, and installation art.
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