Dangerous Border Game

A performance, the program of which reads, “Welcome to Dangerous Border Games, an interactive performance/installation designed to help you better understand your intercultural fears, and desires.

These undocumented male specimens on display, exhibit a variety of cultural characteristics including: Hybridity, hyper-sexuality, unnecessarily violent behaviour and techno-literacy. They deal drugs and jalapeño peppers; speak Spanglish; practice experimental performance and witchcraft; and are highly infectious and politicized”

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. VIII, no. 1, p. 10, September/October 1996:

Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a Mexican conceptual artist who uses satire, pop culture and performance art to address border issues, cross-cultural identity and US Latino cultural relations. His work encompasses performance art, radio, video, bilingual poetry and installation art. He is a recipient of a Prix de la Parole at the International Theatre Festival of the Americas, the New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award and a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award. He lives in Mexico City and California. This will be his first performance event in Vancouver.

New York resident Roberto Sifuentes is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines the perception of Chicano and Mexican cultures. He performs his work internationally and collaborates frequently with Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Among their projects is an interactive television special called El Naftazteca: Cyber-Aztec TV for 2000 AD, which was broadcast in November 1994; and a bi-national art exchange between artists in LA and Mexico City called Terreno Pellgroso.

The collaborative work The Dangerous Border Game continues their research on “experimental ethnography” and “reversed anthropology”. In this “post-NAFTA cult-mullet saga”, they have created “an end-of-the-century freak show type extravaganza, which combines performance art, radical humour, multilingual spoken-word poetry and wild theatrics, to navigate the dangerous art zone between Jane Alexander and Jessie Helms, between political correctness and compassion fatigue, between affirmative action and the ‘Contract with America’”.

On Saturday, September 21 the Western Front will host a Performance Art Panel Discussion, moderated by Hank Bull, at Presentation House Gallery (2pm) with Guillermo Gómez-Peña and acclaimed Californian performance artist Suzanne Lacy. Sponsored by the Western Front and assisted by the New Performance Works Society.