Borderstasis: A Video Diary

1998 | 00:22:00 | United States | English | Color | Mono

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Autobiography, Diary, Family, Language, Latino/Chicano, Performance

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This strange, lyrical performance video diary is a millennial reflection on the impossibility to "reveal" one’s self in stormy times such as ours. The piece is also about the intricate connections between performance and everyday life; about language, identity, love, nostalgia and activism amidst the California apocalypse. Through a series of poetic tableaux vivants, performance actions and found footage, Borderstasis articulates the fluid boundaries between public and private, mythical and real, as they exist in the life of a "migrant performance artist" living in a fully globalized world.

Commissioned by German TV ARTE.

Directed and written by performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña.

Edited by Lisa Diener.

Sound design by Rona Michele.

This titls is also available on Border Art Clásicos (1990-2005): An Anthology of Collaborative Video Works by Guillermo Gómez-Peña.

Premiere

1998

Exhibitions + Festivals

Dallas Video Festival, 1999

VideoEx (Zurich, Switzerland), 2001

VideoEx (Zurich, Switzerland), 2002