About the Grant

$15,000 to support Psycho-Magic Actions for A World Gone Wrong (MAP 2012), La Pocha Nostra’s newest adventure into ritual presentation of live art and live language.

About the Project

Psycho-Magic Actions for A World Gone Wrong employs La Pocha Nostra’s trademark robo-baroque aesthetic, cyborg-kitsch, and acid humor. Through a series of corporeal transformations including the sampling of performance classics and new work, La Pocha Nostra tries to make sense of the current culture of far-right isolationism, xenophobia, and the violence of organized crime.

Within the devising process of Psycho-Magic Actions, La Pocha Nostra will examine the following questions: What are new performance strategies to express our process of reinvention in front of an audience? What is meaningful interactivity when everything is interactive?
Through this investigation, we will cultivate a new format that incorporates simultaneous dialogue between live-art actions and images, poetic interventions, and deconstructive commentary. The piece can be viewed as a hybrid between a living archive and our radical pedagogy: a performance within a high-energy jam session and weird reality-show ritual format.
Audience members are invited to participate in this bizarre experiment. They will be able to collaborate as La Pocha Nostra incarnates “the dreams and nightmares of our current times,” and can help the performers re-imagine new iconography—whether by intervening the performance physically, or with verbal provocations. Through this, La Pocha Nostra will invoke a “clumsy but radical democratic practice.” The revelation of the process, as well as the search to discover new images and a new form to contain them, becomes the actual project.

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