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Neddy Annual Lecture/Performance Imaginary Activism: The Role of the Artist Beyond the Art World
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 7:00pm
Experience the work of Guillermo Gómez-Peña, performance artist, intellectual DJ, reverse anthropologist, radical pedagogue, deviant shaman, and post-Mexican. For thirty years, he has explored border culture, immigration, intercultural issues, extreme culture and new technologies through multiple genres. Gómez-Peña helps create transnational communities of rebel artists, erase the borders between North and South, and between the art world and the real world.
In the past years, Gómez-Peña has explored two distinct territories in his solo work: The ongoing rewriting and reenactment of some of his classic performances, and writing and testing brand new material dealing with radical citizenship and what he terms “imaginary activism.” In both cases, revealing to the audience the process of creating, language-ing and performing the material becomes the actual project. In his new solo work where his literature, theory, pedagogy and live art come together in a precisely strange mix. Not one solo performance is ever the same. Half of the material is scripted & the other half is ad lib. Let’s see what happens tonight.
This event is supported by 4Culture, ALL RISE, City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Cornish College of the Arts, and the Neddy at Cornish.
Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a performance artist, writer, activist, radical pedagogue, and director of the performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. Born in Mexico City, he moved to the US in 1978. His performance work and ten books have contributed to the debates on cultural diversity, border culture and US and Mexico relations. His artwork has been presented at over eight hundred venues across the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia, South Africa and Australia. A MacArthur Fellow and winner of the Bessie and American Book Award, he is a regular contributor for newspapers and magazines in the US, Mexico, and Europe, and a contributing editor to The Drama Review (NYUMIT). Gómez-Peña is a Senior Fellow in the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, a patron for the London-based Live Art Development Agency, and, in 2012, was a US Artists Hoi Fellow.