Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Utopías Pirata (Pirate Utopias), 2012 (still); single-channel video, 56 mins.


Naomi Rincón Gallardo: Selected Video Works

Part of Naomi Rincón Gallardo: The Formaldehyde Trip

Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Odisea Ocotepec (Ocotepec Odyssey), 2014 (still); single-channel video, 31 mins.

Odisea Ocotepec (Ocotepec Odyssey), 2014, unfolds as a wildly episodic trip through alternative pedagogies in feminism, drug culture, and Catholicism. The song-based saga explores the history of Ivan Illich, a radical philosopher and Catholic priest whose book, Deschooling Society (1971), called for an overthrow of traditional education through non-hierarchical and self-directed social webs. Offering a science-fiction-like version of Illich’s history, Odisea Ocotepec stages galactic and non-gendered salamanders, LSD-drenched group therapy sessions, fetus monks, and trans-clergy in a celebration of new modes of living.

Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Utopías Pirata (Pirate Utopias), 2012 (still); single-channel video, 56 mins.

Utopías Pirata (Bootleg Utopias), 2012, investigates the Mexico City-based (JAR) punk collective. Founded in 1993 the group is known for their music and zines as well as their ecological activism in the city. Rincón Gallardo fictionalizes her interviews with core JAR members and transforms them into seventeen original songs and music videos. As she writes, “In order to represent the collected accounts, I decided to turn the volume up until reaching distortion, aiming to make the fictional character of the research explicit. I do not mean that a fiction is false, but that it is just a peculiar, constructed, and never objective way to represent reality.”

Drop in to view Naomi Rincón Gallardo’s extant video work, including the long cycles Odisea Ocotepec (Ocotepec Odyssey), 2014, and Utopías Pirata (Bootleg Utopias), 2012.

Naomi Rincón Gallardo’s The Formaldehyde Trip is part of Performance in Progress.

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