Ethno-techno: Los Video Graffitis (Volume1.2004)

Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Gustavo Vazquez

2005, 78:37 minutes, colour, English/Spanish


In the past years, La Pocha Nostra began remastering archival footage and filming and editing new video pieces while touring around the globe. The goal was to create the first artist-made, multi-purpose, bilingual DVD utilizing performance and video art as a form of experimental pedagogy and to distribute it throughout the library, museum and university systems. Refining a signature form, the 'video graffiti', La Pocha Nostra blends performance and video art together to present political commentary on race, politics, and identity in creative ways involving a spectrum of conceptual, narrative, and satirical approaches.

"Guillermo Gómez-Peña has invited film and video-maker colleagues from around the world to re-envision his own performance works through a collaborative editing process. Gómez-Peña captures the zeitgeist of a ravenous and distorted world, illustrating its inequalities with a straightforward rawness and elegance. As a collaboration, the Graffitis speak to the cultural revolution wrought by technology and globalization; they may be as meaningful to our post-NAFTA generation today as those one-reel travelogues were to the workers filmed leaving the Lumiere Brothers' factory in 1895, embarking on a new century and a new world under the watchful eye of the ubiquitous camera lens."

--Rupert Jenkins, Director, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery

Ethno-techno: Los Video Graffitis is the first volume of the series. Comprised of over 40 short performative clips, this volume is intended for: educational purposes, gallery installations, informal screenings, quick time viewing, and personal viewing.

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