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ethno-techno November 11, 2008

Posted by goldblatt in General Studies.
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possessionritual_lo1i was familiar with the iconic performance art of Guillermo Gomez-Pena but had no idea he was such an accomplished writer and scholar of the madness that is modern life. This book is a treat, and apparently he has published a few before. Part academic performance theory university level post social dialogue, part post apocalyptic provocative performance poetry, ALL NOURISHING.

This is a brilliant read for anyone interested in art and identity. Gomez-Pena is frank and self conscious about the intersections between the world of ideas and the world of commerce; the book provides an excellent and hilarious road-trip through the modern artist’s journey to sustain him/her/itself through art. Of much note is his lament to the thief who steals his laptop. Of more note are references to activities like crashing the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a dominatrix leading him around on a leash while he is dressed like a crazy primitive/futuristic Mexican identity crisis.

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