presented as part of Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA
REDCAT Gallery. 631 W. 2nd St, Los Angeles, 90012
January 20th, 2018
a live work introduced in three acts
a test for a vulnerable body in an unknown space
a staccato of different voices, sound clips and projected images.
The script takes inspiration in Yuko, a survivor of the U.S. attack on Hiroshima in 1945; and Justine, the main fictional character of the book Justine or The Misfortunes of Virtue (1787) by the Marquis de Sade. The two voices are selected from The Words of Others (1967), a literary collage by Argentine artist León Ferrari. Other sources used in the work include poetry of Chicana artist Gloria Anzaldúa, illustrations of Justine by Czech transgender artist Toyen (aka Marie Čermínová), and gestures from Italian singer Mina Mazzini.
La facultad is a term coined by Gloria Anzaldúa that refers to the capacity developed by many on the border “to see in surface phenomena the meaning of deeper realities”. It is an instant “sensing”, a quick perception arrived at without conscious reasoning. It is an acute awareness mediated by the part of the psyche that does not speak, that communicates in images and symbols -which are the faces of feelings.
Act 1: the full-fledged story: el conflicto
The Words of Others. A choreography of slow gestures from the outer space.
Act 2: the way out: lo irracional
Justine, Justine, Justine. Tu y yo. A pornographic imagination by Toyen.
Act 3: the witness: lo emocional
Yuko. A voice for trembling thoughts. In the borderlands.
concept, script & performance: Mercedes Azpilicueta / dramaturgy: Agustina Muñoz / video: Alan Segal / choreography: Juan Pablo Cámara& Madelyn Bullard / styling: Flavia Romera / mix: auTismo Eva01 – McLaren Surface-youtube environment bootleg part 05 // AGGROMANCE – CELES7E’s
Easter Egg track // ADAMAS 1080p – Jet Riddim // AGGROMANCE – Muchacha Enamorada x DirtY K // NKISI – TERROR/FUNK // Lava Dome – Balenciaga Denim Riddim x La Favi – Tú y Yo // SHANTI V. KAMIXLO – SHANTI PALETA (2K’S DEMONICO EDIT) // WULFFLUW XCIV – 6AM // Dane Law – Hirindinidae (Für Arvo Part) x Malibu – TEN SECONDS BEFORE SUNRISE // Dj Heroin – Dweller on the threshold // Dj Heroin – Raised // Dj Heroin – Third Heart // Kelvin T – Sedative
gracias a: Ohad Ben Shimon, Victoria Azpilicueta, Villa Vassilieff, Ruth Estevez, Sohrab Mohebbi, Carmen Amengual, Kristy Baltezore, Elena Minor, Bryan Puckett and Lauren Wemischner.