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Chicago Residency [In-Person] Events

2021


FULL DETAILS OF UPCOMING CHICAGO RESIDENCY!

There are multiple upcoming opportunities to intersect with Gómez-Peña and La Pocha Nostra's largest ongoing project of 2021 including an immersive exhibition, virtual screening and workshop plus two LIVE and in-person performance events in October in Chicago at the UIC and the Jane Addams Hull House.

Full information about the total project and all public programming here

UPCOMING IN-PERSON EVENTS ~ GGP and La Pocha Nostra LIVE in Chicago:

Tuesday, October 19: 8:00p

MEX FILES LIVE: The Pandemia Chronicles

“One-day and one-night in lock down” ~ Gómez-Peña returns to Chicago for his first LIVE and in-person solo performance since lockdown began. This new solo performance monologue features new writing responding to the multiple pandemias including rantings and confessions. Featuring a cameo by conceptual artist, performer and storyteller Robin LaVerne Wilson aka DRAGONFLY.

Thursday, October 21st: 2:00-5:00p

Join Gómez-Peña & La Pocha Nostra for a fully immersive and performative activation of the Casa Museo exhibition for an afternoon of interactive live imagery, music, poetry, guided tours and calls for action by the audience. La Pocha Nostra invites you to come dressed as your favorite covid desire or fear and if you like please bring an object you are ready to purge and add to a growing exhibition curiosity cabinet & time capsule.

About the exhibition:

For Gómez-Peña’s Casa Museo: A Living Museum and Archive (September 9, 2021—May 29, 2022), pioneering conceptual-performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña takes up residence in Jane Addams Hull House Museum. The exhibition layers one house museum on top of two others, in San Francisco and Mexico City, highlighting the many affinities between the ideologies pursued by Gómez-Peña, Addams, and Hull-House.

Ongoing Radio Collaboration with Lumpen Radio:

Gómez-Peña’s Mex Files: Audio Art & Strange Poetry from the US/Mexico Border

Gómez-Peña’s Mex Files: Audio Art & Strange Poetry from the US/Mexico Border offers multilingual live radio and archival audio programs addressing “the multiple pandemics of racism, sexism, xenophobia and neo-colonialism on steroids in the Trump Era.” Throughout his life, Gómez-Peña has worked in audio art and radio across multiple genres, from poetic journalism to Spanglish spoken word, and from radical storytelling to collaborations with musicians, poets, and activists. This ongoing series will present samples of his previous work (1980–2015) and newly recorded material created in the last two years and during lock-down.

FULL Mex Files Show Archive:

https://www.mixcloud.com/LaPochaNostra/

About the exhibition (on view until May 2022)

Gómez-Peña’s Casa Museo: A Living Museum and Archive

For Gómez-Peña’s Casa Museo: A Living Museum and Archive, pioneering conceptual-performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña (Mexican-American, b. Mexico City, 1955), takes up residence in Jane Addams Hull House Museum. The exhibition layers one house museum on top of two others - in San Francisco and Mexico City, highlighting the many affinities between the ideologies pursued by Gómez-Peña, Addams, and Hull-House.

​​Through sound and image, Gómez-Peña and his ever-evolving performance troupe, La Pocha Nostra, inhabit Jane Addams’ office, the original Hull-House library, Jane Addams’ bedroom, and other spaces throughout the Hull home. During its seventy-five-year history, Hull-House Settlement was home to nearly one hundred Residents—advocates, doctors, scientists, writers, and artists—who lived on the upper floors of the settlement. The Residents and their immigrant and migrant neighbors worked toward, what Jane Addams called, the common good. In residency at Hull-House, Gómez-Peña and La Pocha Nostra, present a borderless world where geographic, municipal, gender and other borders are dismantled to allow public institutions to reflect and serve all publics.

Zen Cohen, 2014.


Chicago Residency [Virtual] Kick Off

2021


On October 1st and 2nd La Pocha Nostra will host two free virtual events marking the official launch of our upcoming residency in Chicago!

Friday Oct 1: Join La Pocha Nostra for the virtual film screening and Chicago premiere of The San Francisco Living Archives of La Pocha Nostra. Core members will present a live performative poetic introduction to the film followed by a screening of the 1.25 hr film anthology.

Film Screening begins 6:00p Chicago time with a poetic introduction by troupe members and is viewable online at: lumpen.tv

About the Film Anthology:

The San Francisco Living Archives of La Pocha Nostra is a video anthology, created over multiple decades and includes works at the intersections of performance art, experimental video and “artivism.”. Watch raw performance documentation filmed at iconic Bay Area artist-run spaces including the LAB, Galeria de la Raza and SOMArts alongside street-style interventions and candid interviews with perplexed tourists. The Anthology results in a conceptual autonomous zone for the poetics of the virtual body in times of pandemic.

Saturday Oct 2: Anyone wishing to engage in La Pocha Nostra's performance pedagogy, please sign us up for LPN's afternoon workshop on Saturday, Oct 2 lead by core members Paloma Martinez-Cruz and Saula Garcia Lopez. Space is limited and will close once full.

For fuller descriptions of the upcoming residency and current exhibition on view at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum please visit here.

FILM PREMIERE: The Pandemia Chronicles 2021

2021


Gómez Peña & La Pocha Nostra present the premiere of The Pandemia Chronicles 2021: A curated selection of experimental films to survive the Apocalypse.

Film screening at 14.00 PST Friday, May 21

https://www.facebook.com/transart.communication/posts/3870198973035172


The Pandemia Chronicles 2021: A curated selection of experimental films to survive the Apocalypse consists of a collection of performance videos generated by artists from Mexico and the United States. The event aims to create an autonomous zone for the poetics of the virtual body in times of the pandemic. This performance film is a conceptual experiment, a radical reinvention project in times of pandemic; a guide to crossing borders in cyberspace.

Transart Communication is a performance lecture-based event about performativity in different contemporary art branches, art genres, cross-genres, non-art fields, such a politics, activism, science, but also social art, curatorial practice, conceptual art or architecture.

RADIO: WEEKLY PROGRAM THROUGH 2021 ~ THE MEX FILES

Gómez-Peña’s Mex Files: Audio Art & Strange Poetry from the US/​Mexico Border 

2021


La Pocha Nostra in Partnership with Lumpen Radio, Public Media Institute & Smart Museum of Art & Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (Chicago)

Gómez-Peña’s Mex Files: Audio Art & Strange Poetry from the US/Mexico Border 

SHOWS AIR EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 4:30p PST / 6:30p CST

Listen LIVE every Wednesday via the Lumpen Radio website

For a full archive of past shows, follow us on MixCloud

Photo by Zen Cohen, 2014.

Gómez-Peña’s Mex Files: Audio Art & Strange Poetry from the US/Mexico Border offers multilingual live radio and archival audio programs addressing “the multiple pandemics of racism, sexism, xenophobia and neo-colonialism on steroids in the Trump Era.” Throughout his life, Gómez-Peña has worked in audio art and radio across multiple genres, from poetic journalism to Spanglish spoken word, and from radical storytelling to collaborations with musicians, poets, and activists. This ongoing series will present samples of his previous work (1980–2015) and newly recorded material created in the last two years and during lock-down.

"In a first-ever partnership, Jane Addams Hull-House MuseumPublic Media Institute, and the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art present a year-long series of experimental audio performances from Guillermo Gómez-Peña, a performance artist, writer, activist, and MacArthur Fellow, class of 1991. The series is an initiative of Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Changeand the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40, a multi-venue exhibition and program series organized by the Smart Museum to mark the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows program throughout 2021."

VIRTUAL KEYNOTE: WE ARE ALL ALIENS

A New Solo Performance by Gómez-Peña in Lockdown

2021


WE ARE ALL ALIENS

A New Solo Performance by Guillermo Gómez-Peña in Lockdown

Thursday, February 11, 4:00 PM PST / 7:00 PM EST

Internationally acclaimed performance artist and radical pedagogue, Guillermo Gómez-Peña combines theory, poetry and performance texts in the wake of the Trump administration and under the throws of multiple pandemias.

Link to Register:https://osu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MSKWHHOjQY6s7wXSSgR3cw

You will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the Zoom webinar.

VIRTUAL KEYNOTE: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MUSEUM OF THE FUTURE

Photo by Zen Cohen.

A video performance keynote & radio broadcast

2021


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

4:30p  PST / 6:30p CST

**WATCH LIVE KEYNOTE: twitch.tv/lumpenradio

Or listen via radio: 105.5 FM WLPN-LP Chicago / https://lumpenradio.com/

Guillermo Gómez-Peña has an obsession with confronting, rewriting and restaging so-called “Western Art History” while highlighting colonial legacies of systematic exclusion, demonization and fetishization of Brown, Black, and indigenous bodies.

This live radio keynote from Gómez-Peña challenges contemporary art museum practices and calls for an open discussion regarding radical restructuring from within. The keynote is part of Gómez-Peña’s Mex Files: Audio Art & Strange Poetry from the US/Mexico Border, a year-long series of experimental audio performances presented by Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Public Media Institute, and the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art as part of Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40.

Later in the series, Gómez-Peña will be joined by invited luminaries in the field who will offer their own responses to the Museum of the Future.

FILM SCREENING: The San Francisco "Living Archives" of La Pocha Nostra (An experimental video anthology)

2021


The San Francisco "Living Archives" of La Pocha Nostra

(An experimental video anthology)

Premiere weekend ~ Saturday, January 30th & Sunday, January 31st

This feature-length anthology of films highlights La Pocha Nostra's 30+ years of experimental video work created in San Francisco.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the premiere weekend! If you missed the film, please write to us and we will let you know when it is available for viewing again. If you are a presenter interested in this film for any upcoming project we are interested in hearing from you too.

About this ongoing project:

"This video anthology features a careful selection of short films from over three decades of work created by La Pocha Nostra within San Francisco.

The compilation depicts a rebel troupe working at the urban intersections of performance art, experimental video and “artivism” but represents only a sampling of the vast video work in La Pocha Nostra’s "living archives".

These videos were created over multiple decades, and therefore they are eclectic in content, format and aesthetics and - like La Pocha Nostra - represent a permanent work-in-process. The scope of material includes raw performance documentation filmed at artist-run spaces like the LAB, Galeria de la Raza and SOMArts; Street-style interventions filmed on a handheld VHS camcorder and candid interviews with perplexed tourists downtown and in Fisherman’s Wharf plus weird, experimental collaborations shifting the borders between filmmakers & performance artists.

We believe performance art is a form of social justice and anti-colonial practice and can provide an antidote to the malign forces of gentrification and pandemics. We also believe that even in times of total lockdown, there is still a bohemian community and an aesthetic thriving in San Francisco that needs to be supported. And we are part of this total reinvention process."

Special thanks to Grants for the Arts.

Produced by: Róbert Gomez-Hernandez, Emma Tramposch & Gómez-Peña
Editing & Intro/Closing Filming: Robert Gómez-Hernandez
Films Curated by: Gómez-Peña & Emma Tramposch
Featuring La Pocha Nostra troupe members past and present, collaborating filmmakers & countless rebel artist accomplices...

RADIO: Gómez-Peña’s Mex Files: Audio Art & Strange Poetry from the US/​Mexico Border

GP at his home broadcasting station, Mission District, San Francisco. Photo by Zen Cohen.

Jan 28, 2021


La Pocha Nostra in Partnership with Lumpen Radio and Public Media Institute (Chicago)

Gómez-Peña’s Mex Files: Audio Art & Strange Poetry from the US/Mexico Border 

SHOWS EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 4:30p PST / 6:30p CST

Listen online: https://lumpenradio.com/shows/mex-files/

Follow us on MixCloud for an archive of past shows:

https://www.mixcloud.com/LaPochaNostra/

Gómez-Peña’s Mex Files: Audio Art & Strange Poetry from the US/Mexico Border offers multilingual live radio and archival audio programs addressing “the multiple pandemics of racism, sexism, xenophobia and neo-colonialism on steroids in the Trump Era.” Throughout his life, Gómez-Peña has worked in audio art and radio across multiple genres, from poetic journalism to Spanglish spoken word, and from radical storytelling to collaborations with musicians, poets, and activists. This ongoing series will present samples of his previous work (1980–2015) and newly recorded material created in the last two years and during lock-down.

"In a first-ever partnership, Jane Addams Hull-House MuseumPublic Media Institute, and the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art present a year-long series of experimental audio performances from Guillermo Gómez-Peña, a performance artist, writer, activist, and MacArthur Fellow, class of 1991. The series is an initiative of Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Changeand the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40, a multi-venue exhibition and program series organized by the Smart Museum to mark the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows program throughout 2021."

Ongoing Virtual Programming by La Pocha Nostra during Pandemia

2020


Since lockdown began in March 2020, LPN has presented an ongoing series of Zoom broadcasts. We have hosted bi-monthly virtual events including spoken word solos, poetry slams, intellectual salons, classroom visits, international performance workshops & festivals  - involving all Pocha Members and special guests from around the world.

So far in this virtual series, LPN has performed in bi-monthly, wild online events with Dreamocracy in America , Rev Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir and Grace Space (NYC). Please scroll through the past events section to see what we have been up to during lockdown!

If you are interested in hosting a virtual event featuring LPN please contact us! pocha@pochanostra.com

FILM SCREENING: Gómez Peña y La Pocha Nostra en confinamiento

Performance para sobrevivir el Apocalipsis

2020


Friday 11/13/20 at 3:00pm PST!

Los gigantes de la Performance ”LA POCHA NOSTRA” estarán como invitados en Trienal Deformes mañana Viernes 13, a las 20 hrs.-Chile, con el ESTRENO de la Performance virtual: "Gómez Peña and La Pocha Nostra in confinement: Performance to survive the Apocalypse." El vídeo estará disponible desde las 20:00 horas Chile (CLST), San Francisco 15:00 (PST) , Mexico City 17:00 (CT) NYC 18:00 (EST) y tendrán acceso a través del siguiente link (si entran antes de la hora, no aparecerá): https://vimeo.com/476645572

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE: 2020 Virtual School of Dreams & Psychomagic: Live Art + Film Marathon

Featuring Artists from La Pocha Nostra's Virtual Summer School

Sep 2020


Performance artist Aquarius Funkk.

THIS UPCOMING WEEKEND!! Starting this Friday (Sept 4, 2020) at 12:00p PST, LPN is showcasing our Live Art + Film Festival featuring work by the incredible participating artists from our first ever Virtual School of Dreams & Psychomagic.

Last weekend this virtual festival live-stream was abruptly impacted by tropical storm Laura.

LPN’S 2020 VIRTUAL SCHOOL ALUMNI ARTISTS ARE: Freyr Marie, Marcus Kuiland-Nazarioh, Irisdelia Garcia, Marie Markovic, Elisabetta Lambertini, Tanya Marie Vlach, Christopher Michael Gutierrez B. Aquarius Funkk, Noelle Ghoussaini, Shannon Rose Riley, Susana Plotts-Pineda, Kayla Chambers, Natacha Voliakovsky, Courtney Desiree Morris, Leni Hester, Kate Barry, Pocha Pena, Victor Payan, Alex Bradley, lwrds duniam, Eréndira Bravo, Indira Montoya, ximena huizi, Claudio Carvalhaes, Amber Phelps Bondaroff, Angie Bautista, Brock Hessel, Jessica Fitzgerald, Vinicius Davi, Chanel Matsunami Govreau, Lorena Peña, lo bil, Chelsea Markuson & Rae Goodwin

VIRTUAL PEDAGOGY: La Pocha Nostra's School of Performance Dreams & Psychomagic

Aug 5, 2020 to Aug 19, 2020


Full Information & Registration Information online HERE.

In 2020, La Pocha Nostra hosts our legendary performance workshop online with sessions held once a week over 3-weeks in August. We welcome artists & activists from everywhere to participate! This year’s intensive will be instructed and produced by LPN core members Gómez-Peña, Emma Tramposch, Balitronica Gómez, La Saula & LROD.

Sessions will also include surprise guest artists and luminaries of the performance art world!!

Themes of exploration for this year’s workshop: LPN’S pedagogy focuses on the human body as a site for creation, reinvention, memory and activism. This year -  in response to our immediate present - we will focus on the following themes: Artistic tools & strategies for combating systemic racism, the politics of isolation, virtual “presence”, ritual strategies to connect with humanity, notions of self and collective, cultivating community, action and activism outside of the public realm, the possibilities for presenting live art  & pedagogy in the virtual.

Virtual Space.

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE: Gómez-Peña Unplugged

Jul 4, 2020 6:00 PM


Gómez-Peña Unplugged

July 3rd, 2020 6:00 pm PST

UPDATE: The complete files of Gomez-Pena Unplugged are currently censored. As soon as the entire event is available we will post it here. Thank you for joining us, muchas gracias!

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE: How to Survive the Apocalypse

Presented by La Pocha Nostra and Grace Space (NYC)

2020


Curated by Gómez-Peña & La Pocha Nostra in dialogue with Grace Exhibition Space NYC

HOW TO SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE

An evening of body-based performances & strategies to cross virtual space.

Grace Exhibition Space (NY), La Pocha Nostra (US/Mexico) & The Norwegian Theater Academy (Norway) join forces to host an unprecedented evening of experimental performance involving artists from multiple countries performing in simultaneity alongside a live electronic composer and a vocalist.

FEATURED ARTISTS:

La Pocha Nostra ~ LROD & La Saula (USA/Mexico), The Ecosexuals Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens (US), VestAndPage (Germany/Italy), Kira O’Reilly (Finland/Ireland), Eleonora Fabião (Brazil), Marilyn Arsem (USA), Willem Wilhelmus (Finland), Cesar Martinez (Mexico), Martin Renteria & Sharmel Altamirano (Mexico), Music by Ulf Knudsen (Norway)& Vocals by Micha Espinosa (The Borderlands).

This event is free to but we are strongly encouraging donations to the individual artists & Black Lives Matter.

PRESS RELEASE including link to view the event HERE.

Photo: La Saula by Juan Carlos Ruiz Vargas.

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE - Glosolalia Posnacional 3.0: Spanglish in times de Pandemia

Dreamocracy in America & La Pocha Nostra present a binacional ZOOM performance.

May 24, 2020 6:00 PM to 2020


Register via Eventbrite here.

Fifth ‘encuentro’ trans-fronterizo of poetry performance and inverted languages. A Remix of glitch, tongues, multi-lingual spoken word, spanglish, gringoñol, and more locuras…

Sliding Scale Donation $5-$15 USD (to help keep the doors of La Pocha Nostra and Dreamocracy in America open) Limited capacity: First come first served - 200 max.

The event features the following artists from Mexico: Lechedevirgen Trimegisto, Rocio Cerón, Eugenia Chellet. And from the USA: Micha Espinosa, Logan Phillips, Jose Torres-Tama, La Pocha Nostra (Saula, Emma, Balitronica, LROD, Gómez-Peña) with Democracy in America (Pocha Peña & Victor Payan) and Dramaturgical Support by Paloma Martínez Cruz.

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE: Dreamocracy in America

Apr 11, 2020 6:00 PM to 2020


This video contains a series of excerpts from Gómez-Peña's collaborations with Dreamocracy in America featuring spoken word texts commenting on the current two global pandemias alongside earlier work from his "living archives". This was his first virtual performance during lockdown.

https://dreamocracyinamerica.org/

Pedagogical Residency (Tallinn, ESTONIA) POSTPONED

Mar 28, 2020


POSTPONED

Gómez-Peña, Saula, Balitronica & LROD are in residency at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater in Tallinn, Estonia leading a 2-week pedagogical project with students as part of the "Contemporary Physical Performance Making" Program. Information about the program online HERE.

We Are All Aliens (Columbus, OH) POSTPONED

Mar 21, 2020 8:00 PM


POSTPONED

Presentation of new solo performance WE ARE ALL ALIENS – And other tales of Radical Imagination (2020) with BALITRONICA GÓMEZ.

"Miss Illegal Alien" takes selfies with audience members. LACE, Los Angeles, 2016.

Glosolalia Book Launch (Mexico City, MEXICO)

2020


10-day Pocha Nostra Posnacional residency in Mexico City. Featuring a performative launch for the brand new Glosolalia book - Spoken word events open to the public during the first week of March.

"Glosolalia” es un fenómeno que se refiere a los estados alterados de conciencia que producen sonidos y fonemas más allá de la semiótica y lo inteligible, como el mentado ‘tecno-speak’ Hoy en día, es ‘lingua franca, poluta e disoluta,’ en el mentado “international poetry slam movement.” y los chicanos son la mera vanguardia sin proponérselo.

"Illustrated Body" by Luisa Velpart. Cervantino Festival, Guanajuato, Mexico. Photo Herani Hache.

Mexico City

Mexico

Touring Projects Postponed until world re-opens.

2020


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Ongoing performance salon series open to the public, solo performance premiere by Gómez-Peña and presentation of WE ARE ALL ALIENS border opera featuring Allison Lovejoy.

OSLO, NORWAY - La Pocha Nostra's annual return & residency partnership with the Norwegian Theater Academy.

OAXACA, MEXICO - Large Scale exhibition and International Winter Workshop

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND - In collaboration with Public Act Theater

An International Summit of Live Art & Pedagogy

Two established international troupes - Vest & Page (Germany/Italy) and La Pocha Nostra (US/Mexico) have joined forces in the last three years to produce large-scale pedagogical and performative adventures with an international scope involving up to 50 artists, including “special guests,” instructors/tutors and alumnae always in dialog with the local arts and intellectual community. Currently seeking sites and co-producers for this project.






We Are All Aliens (Colorado Springs, CO) POSTPONED

Feb 18, 2020 7:00 PM to Feb 18, 2020 9:00 PM


POSTPONED

Presentation of new solo performance WE ARE ALL ALIENS – And other tales of Radical Imagination (2020) with BALITRONICA GÓMEZ.

This event is free and open to to the public.

Richard F. Celeste Theatre

Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.

Colorado Springs

Colorado USA

Event Details

We Are All Aliens (Venice, ITALY)

Jan 18, 2020 8:00 PM


Radical Pedagogy + Premiere of his new solo performance WE ARE ALL ALIENS – And other tales of Radical Imagination (2020) with BALITRONICA GÓMEZ. Link to information HERE.

Venice Bienniale

Venice

Italy

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