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The

New

World

Border

prophecies forthe end of the century

GuillermoG6mez-Pena

If I had known, I wouldn'thave gone.

-Columbus

Whenthe worldwas ours, you took it awayfrom us. Whenthe worldwas yours, you didn'twant to shareit. Now that the worldis ours again you are trying to dressand act like we do. What's wrong with you Teules?

-Moctezuma Jr.

Everything is changing and movingsofast thatwe don'thave time to confront our immediate past. Soon everything will be new.

-East German psychiatrist

No one or everyone shouldbe named.

-Moira Roth

Freshwater from Canada and cheap oilfrom Mexico, all servedin an American glass. The perfect Free Trade Cocktail, caramba.

-From an ad by the FRA Commission

Too much (concept); and too little (movement).

The Drama Review 38,

-The

1 (T14I),

Washington Post

Spring 1994.

Copyright ?

1994

New York University and the MassachusettsInstitute of Technology.

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GOMEZ-PENA:How would youdefine Los Angeles? BOB WISDOM:It couldbeBeirut.It couldbe utopia. We'llknow nextweekend.

To my adored grandmother Carmen,

who was bor

andwho will hopefully live

to see the birthof the

Her eyes have seen it all.

with the

century

next century.

PROGRAMNOTES:

interdiscipli-

nary project created by

and cosponsoredby

Borderhave been

ton, San Diego, Los Angeles,

Atlanta,Boulder, Denver, San Juan, and Mexico City.

Ideally, a local radiostationbroadcastslive the

Its open structureallows for other collaboratorsand media to enter the

piece at differenttimes. An adaptation for television directed by Chicano

filmmakerDaniel Salazaris on the works and will be ready for distribution

by SeptemberI994.

opening night performance.

This performance is part of "The Year of

the White Bear," an

G6mez-Peiia in collaborationwith Coco

Fusco,

the Walker Art Center. Versions of The New World

San

San Antonio, New York, Hamburg,London,

performed in Minneapolis, Iowa City, Chicago,Washing-

Francisco, Santa Cruz, Portland,Seattle,

CREDITS:

Writtenanddirected by GuillermoG6mez-Peiia

Performed

by Pefia (El Aztec

Soundtrack:Adalberto Arcos, Guillermo G6mez-Peiia, Coco Fusco

Technical Director/RoadManager: RobertoSifuentes

Manager of

Mucho muy special thanksto:

Kathy Halbreich, John Killacky, Julie Voight

Walker Art Center,

Kir

Encaracion Teruel and CarlosTortolero (Mexican Fine Arts

cago); Peter Taub (Randolph Street Gallery,

Claire

Lord (UC Irvine); Nola Mariano, Kim Ima, and Danny Salazar.Each of

the creation of "The

these individualsand

Yearof the White Bear."

organizationsparticipated in

Coco

Fusco (Miss Discovery 93) and Guillermo G6mez-

Fusco:Nola Mariano (CircuitNetwork)

and Gary Garrels (The

(UC Boulder); Marda

Turco

(WPAS-Washington);

Center, Chi-

High-Tech)

G6mez-Pefiaand

Minneapolis);Jennifer

(Colorado Dance Festival, Boulder); Kim Chan

Chicago); Peter Sellarsand

Catherine

Peeps (L.A. Festival);Julie Lazare (MOCA, Los Angeles);

Glossaryof "Borderismos"

Amigoization

GranVato Jose Antonio Burciaga, Ministerof Informationof the seceding

Republik of Berkeley. Anacaona Taina queen, enslavedand killed

Art-maggeddon

end of the artworld itself.

Aztec High-Tech, El

antrop6loco, apocalypticdisc-jockey

and cross-cultural salesman. He also

This process of happy Mexicanizationwas firstdetected by

The

by Columbus. Sorry!

end of the world according to the art world, or the

Undercover

goes by

the dubious names of

"Supermojado," "The Warriorfor Gringostroika," and "El Charrollero."

Gringos

Aztlan The "original land"in Aztec

poets it is locatedin the U.S. Southwest.

often callhim GuermoGo-Mex Pifia.

mythology. According to Chicano

Borderization " c a l c u t i z a t i o n

Borderization

"calcutization"or "third-worldization." Chica-lango Half Chicano and half "chilango" (derogative term for a Mexico City native). Culti-multuralism An Esperantic Disney worldview in which all cultures,

races, and sexes live happily together. Coined by Post-Chicano antrop6loco Robert Sanchez.

Empty-V

After "Reali-TV" the second largest media conglomerate on the

planet. Free Taco Agreement

This

process

is

also

known

by

sociologists

as

An innovative economic initiative designed by The

I. Fromthe New

World Borderfamily series, "TheEnd of the

CenturyFamily": Miss Discovery(CocoFusco, left), El Charo-Vero

(Guillermo G6mez- Pefa, center), and mother (right) in Mexico

City, I992.

courtesyof Guillermo

(Photo

G6mez-Peia)

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GuillermoG6mez-Pefia

PressRelease

(This text was meant to both be published in the program and dis- tributedas a conceptual"press release"to local newspapers.)

In 1991, PresidentBelse-Bush

appointed

a Quincentenary Fiesta

Bureau (QFB) to link the alleged "discovery" of the New World

with the fiction of the New

bus was designated the Bureau's symbol of a kinder, gentler expan- sionismand FreeTradeArt. Appointed head of the Bureauwas Queen "Chavela"La Cat6lica

World Order. SuperstarChristy Colum-

Common

(Isabella of Castille),

Market, together with her mentor, the deposed

margaret Thatcher.

was appointed head of the United

though

between representation and Reality

countries,communities, and

a leadingimpresario of the European

BritishdictatorMa-

SpanishHoly Inquisition Leader Torque-mamada

Nations Security Council. Al-

his post was meantto be symbolic, he has crossedthe border

#I on severaloccasionsto punish

artistswho violate QFB rulings.

In

I992,

Inquisitor

Torque-mamada

brought

together

a secret

group of unemployed propagandaexperts

ductions. Among its members were General Antonio

Augusto Pinochet, Oliver North, Jesse Helms, Hilton Kramer,John Gotti, and the Pope. In the past years, their covert activities have

ranged from money

the

marketsaleof Pre-Columbianand ColonialArt.

has hired dozens of the

best performance artistsin the New World to host

ductions

figures from Discovery legends on television,

to form

Discovery Pro-

Noriega,

laundering to the falsificationof Indian treaties,

expansion of the transnational maquiladoranetwork, and the black

The QFB in collaborationwith NAFTA

Discovery

Pro-

programs. These official artists impersonatekey historical

and in film and adver-

Chicano Secret Service. Its main objective is the

tion of free tacosto the

Funkahuatl

performantli Ruben Guevara.

Ganga Fromthe English word "gang." A term

Department to describeall people of color under I8.

Gring6latra He/she who adores gringos.

Gringostroika A

plete economic and

Hanging chickens, Los In the I9th

and a

to lynch migrantworkers,

other political,metaphysical,erotic, or artistic interpretation of

hangingonstage

Horror Vacui

production and distribu-

of Lost Angeles

starvinggringo minorities.

god

of funk.

The

Aztec

Alter ego

coined by the U.S. Police

continental grassroots movement thatadvocatesthe com-

culturalreformof U.S. anarcho-capitalism.

century, the sinisterTexas

Rangers

White Caps used

"pollos."Any

the chickens

white supremacistvigilanteorganization namedthe

is welcomed

by Pleaseask UmbertoEco or Baudrillard.

who to this day are referredto as

the author.

Jaina Spanglization of "honey."Sweetheart,novia, torta, etc.

Kilombo

Independentmicro-republics created by runaway slaves in the

17th and i8th centuries.

Mexkimo A polar Mexican. Mexkimo settlementsarefound in what used

tisement. Some examples: Cabeza de Polio, the gone bnrjo somewherebetween Floridaand Texas,

istic tours for new age gringos in the American Southeast. La

bilingualsecretary of the Americas," hosts

variousReali-TV

Ndhuatland

Program topics "SafeInterracialSex" to

der Businessman." Saint FridaKahlo has a very popular aerobics

Arawak.

Malinche, aka, "the first

Spanish explorer

Spanish explorer

promotes

shaman-

shows in seven

from

languagesincluding

range "Esperanto Lessonsfor the New World Or-

princess

Pocahontas

Oil. Conquistador Pizarro spear-

foreign investment" campaign.

Schwarzkopf are touring the

Many nations have

"CulturalTransvestism"and

show on Empty-V called "Mexercise."Indian

advertizesMarlboro and Te-saco

headsthe

Heman Cortes and his

continent to

hired them as military advisors.Interactivevideos of these

FreeTradeArt

NAFT-ART. Opposition to these activitiesis

ous seceding Republics have hired

High-Tech

mote a

tivist artists of

activitiesinclude live performances such as this one, interactivemul-

World Border. Their countercultural

the ac-

Discovery 93 to pro-

FreeArt Agreement/Tratado de LibreCultura among

"Say no to drugs and yes to

disciple

General

promote positive images of war.

exciting

performers can be obtained by simplydialing I (800)

widespread. The presidents of vari-

cross-culturalsalesmanEl Aztec

and his

jaina pop

the New

semioticianMiss

timedia installations,pirate radio and TV broadcasts, and electronic

town meetings. Their appearance in this city was sponsoredby the

Ministry of Counter-CulturalAffairsof Aztlan, Inc. Any complaints

regarding this presentation

Gringostroikarepresentative. And remember, if you

mance dressedas your favorite "cultural other," you

free.

perfor-

may be

addressed to your local

attendthe

can enter for

to be Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and British Columbia. Coined by Chi- cago poet Carlos Cumpian.

Miss Discovery, La Undercover pop semioticianand beauty queen. She

also

and Coco Fusco. The Taino Indianswere the original inhabitantsof the

Caribbean. Yemaya is the Afro-Brazilian goddess of the oceans.

Othercide The

Performantli An Aztec traditionof

Pocho

"Culture Clash," "The

Well-known pochos include the members of

ChicanoSecret Service,"Rene Yanez, and G6mez-Peiiahimself Post-CNN Chicano Art A new techno-rascuacheaestheticthat fuses

epic

rappoetry, performanceart, interactive video, holographicradio, and com-

puter

Pus-modernity

Rogelio Villareal, aka"el principe malditodel D.F.

SaintFrida

Sexual Democracia

liticaldecisionsaremade according to sexualdesire.

goes by

the namesof "LaTainadel

murdering of otheress.

Norte," "La Yemaya de Loisaida,"

experi-mentalperformance.

He/she who

bastardizes Spanishlanguage and Mexican aesthetics.

artwith a Chicanocentric perspective.

Infected modernity. Coined by

robo-razaII impresario underground."

(Kahlo) Holy

Patronessof ethno-feminists.

A LatinAmericanversionof

democracy in which po-

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2. GuillermoG6mez- Pena dresseshis perfor- mancespaceof the New World Border at The Space in Boston i99i with the stereotypical icons of Mexico:votive candles, incense,and threedead chickenswith feathers. (Photocourtesyof The

Space)

?0"4
?0"4

Spanglization A continental infection for which there is no antidote.

Television White people's freedom of speech during the pre-gringostroikayears.

Vatoman

White list

New World Border as well as militant monoculturalists. Coined by

antrop6locos Robert Sanchez and Richard Lou.

COSTUMES:

G6mez-Peiia-Ritual face makeup, mariachi pants and hat, earrings, Aztec chest piece, snake boots, 3-D glasses, low-rider glasses, bandanna, black gloves, heavy metal bracelets, and an assortment of masks and wigs (see photos).

Coco

sneakers, tropical glasses and masks (see photos).

PROPS:

to the

Chicano Batman. A colleague of"Supermojado."

A secret list that includes

members of the opposition

Fusco-Ritual

face makeup,

Afro-centric

wig,

plastic Taina suit,

Smog mask, "Caucasian" masks, "Indian" mask, blond wig, rubber heart, boxing gloves, a machete, a soccer ball, a shampoo bottle, gauze.

small tables,

two chairs, a lecter,

and two dead chickens with feathers, head and feet. We also need three

cardboard signs with instructions for the and EXPRESS OUTRAGE!

The following

items must be obtained by the space: Two

50 votive candles, incense, rope, a medical skeleton,

audience: LAUGH! APPLAUSE!

EQUIPMENT:

Two ghetto blasters, three mikes (one of them must be wireless), a battery-

operatedmegaphone, theatre lights,

the

STAGEDESIGN:

We are in a bizarreradiostudio somewhere in the immediatefuture.The

feeling of the

left. A lectem standson the

ter as a Christ-like figure and the chicken downstage center.The chairsare

downstage center and

chairthere is a smalltable for

one underthe chickenwhich plays "Radiorama" programs in differentlan-

guages, andthe other one on

ated by EL AZTEC HIGH-TECH. The candlesdivide the

stage from the

audience.

PRE-PERFORMANCEEVENT IN THE LOBBY:

MISS DISCOVERY and EL AZTEC HIGH-TECH walk aroundwith a

basket collectingobjects from the audience. He Latinorock. They speak in Spanish and tongues:

has a ghetto blasterwith

top of the downstage centertableto be oper-

a sound mixer

with capabilities to alter

voice, a sound system, an "ON THE AIR" sign.

space is ceremonial.An "ON THE

upstage center (high on a

AIR" sign hangs to the

right. The humanskeleton hangsupstage cen-

platform) next to each

props. There are two portabletape players:

Is there anythingyou would like to give away?Anythingyou

really need. Please, feel free to give me money, IDs, condoms,keys, a

poem, a credit card,your

don't need

tury. In some performances, the audiencewas "segregated" and seated

according to theirracial background and degree of

don't

you

pain,your anger,etcetera

Just be sure

what you'reparting with to

face the end of the 20th cen-

bilingualism.

At 7:50 P.M. EL AZTEC HIGH-TECH and MISS DISCOVERY

side theatre. They begin to walk ritually aroundthe

tapeplayer #I on

frontof the

corporate words interspersed. Once the audiencehas

ers then proceed to taketheirseats.BLACKOUT.

completed

the

stage.

He has

go

in-

portable

his shoulder. Every now and then they kneel or squat in

skeletonand the chicken, performing"indigenous" chantswith

seatingprocess, the two perform-

The literaryscript

Intro

GP/NORMAL: (Speaks in

Productions presents a live broadcastfrom (nameof the

mancetakes place) on (dateof theactual performance). Miento.This is not a per-

formance, but a cue to cue rehearsal.Miento.This is an authenticIndian ritual.Miento.This is a techno-town meeting. Fuck it! This is what it is.

Chingao'! Hey man,pay attention, the South is talking to you

corporatewords) De Volada

tongues intertwinedwith

city wherethe perfor-

Prophecy#I: The Fin de Siecle Society

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(GP howls)

(Music:RapbyLighter Shade of Brown)

GP/LOW-RIDER DISC-JOCKEY(Suavecito and breathy): Hello queridos,

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126 GuillermoG6mez-Pena 3. Miss Discoverysegre- g a t e s the audience b y race and

3. Miss Discoverysegre- gates the audience by race and language skillsat the Randolph Street Gallery in Chicago,January

during a New

World Border perfor- mance. (Photocourtesyof Randolph Street Gallery)

I993

yuppies, turistas,voyeauristas,antrop6logosaficionados,perplexed citizens of the

end of the century. This is the voice of EL AZTEC

casting from the heights of WXYZ-FM, 93 megahertz above reality.

I'm the representative of The Liberated Republic of Aztlin in the signing

broad-

HIGH-TECH

of an Accorddu Free Cultura among the

Border. I'm here with La Miss Discovery 93, la chavamds loca de Cuba Yorkin a

reconquista tour across the Americas.

artistas/activistasof the New

World

I warn you. This ain't

performance artbut

Anygueyes, comenzamossin translationcha-cha!

pure Chicano science-fiction.

New WorldBorder

Y ahora, nuestra corresponsal en los EstamosUndidos

(Music: Chileanrock by Los Electrodomesticos)

(GP kneelsunderthe chicken,drinksfromshampoobottle, anddoes wolf andmon- keysounds)

CF/ANCHORWOMAN

without borders. It's a continent that has become a huge border zone.

Think of it as the New WorldBorder.

(withecho):Imagine a new American continent

living in the age of pus-modemity, a blisteringfesteringpresent. In

these times, all

functional. They are

as the era of

desmadre, which can mean either

chaos. The GreatFictionof a socialorderhas

a state of meta-orphanhood. We are all finally untranslatable hijos de la

chingada.

GP/FRENCH ACCENT: Les enfants dela chingada da-da.

(Music: Pre-recordedchantsin Quechua)

We are

dys-

destroyed.Many see this

la desmodernidad, a term that comes from the Mexican noun

known politicalsystems and

economic structuresare

being reformed, replaced, or

being

without a mother or living

evaporated and has

in

left us in

(GP stands up andaddressesthe hanging chicken.CF counts downfrom o1 to o in militaryposition.)

GP/DRAMATIC and SLOW (to the

narynetworks

members of a fictional society, no longer defined

by ethnicity,ideology, nationality, or language but by time. [CF: 9]

emerging society are "rup-

Yes, the only recognizableparameters of this

chicken):Yes, we are linked by imagi-

[CF:Io]

tures,"i.e., the fall of the Berlin insurrection

Wall, the Baghdad genocide, the L.A.

stateof acute

[CF: 8] Yes, I roamaroundthis shattered puzzle in a

I'm

lying

to

apendejamiento

(from the Mexican noun pendejo,[CF: 7] o sea stupid; and the verb mentir,

meaning to lie).

Yes,

No, we don't lie together. In the end, we never lie together, vecinos

you [CF: 6] extranjero en tu propiopais.

abismales [CF: 5] still undiscoveredto

digo, the

one another, el othercide [CF: 4]

murdering of otherness. [CF: 3]

Es triste, tristisimo. 500

yearslater, Columbusand Queen Anacaona [CF:

other, each mother, each madre,[CF: I] la

(withmegaphone): Is this utopia or dystopia?

capitalist hell? Is this re-a-li-ty or per- anyone tell me which country we are

you!!

(overlapping): Can anyone

answer?Can anyone

2] still cannot understandeach

tuya,que fuckin'desmadre. [CF:o]

(Musicstops) GP/RADIO EVANGELIST

Are we closer to Catholicheaven or

formance?Can anyone answer?!Can

in? (Screaming) I can'thear you!! I can'thear

CF/AIRLINE HOSTESS

answer? (Continuesrepeatingquestionevery sevensecondsintonext text.)

GP/NASAL

and El Santoare nowhere to be found, nowhere to be found, nowhere to

be found

(old-fashioned Mexicanradio voice): And the worst of all, Godzilla

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Prophecy #II: La Gringostroika

4. At Cal Arts in Valencia, CA (February

1992),

El Aztec High-

Tech (G6mez-Pena) and Miss Discovery(Coco Fusco)present theirversion of the conquest to a bunch of multicultural gringos. (Photo by Rachel Slowensky)

(Music: "HonkyTango"by Argentineband, Les Lutiers)

(GP sits on chair,puts on holographicglasses.)

GP/NASAL (nervous and veryfast): In the wake of the stormy changes in the ex-Soviet block, the winds of Gringostroika have reached every corer of our continent. Can we still call it "ours"?Who are "we" anyway?

of a

Free Raid Agreement,

Cogercio, the nations formerly known

Geopolitical borders have faded away. Due

to the implementation

and the creation of an untranslatable Zona de Libre

as Canada, The U.S.,

and Mexico

have merged painlessly to create the new Federation of U.S. Republics. FUSR is controlled by a Master Chamber of Commerce, a Department of Transnational Tourism, and a Media Junta. The role of the presidents is now restricted to PR, and the role of the military has been reduced to

guarding banks, TV stations, and art schools. No se me asuste guey! The immediate effects of this integration are spectacular: The monocul-

tural territories

leading to massive mi-

as

Gringolandia, have become

of the disbanded

United

States, commonly

known

drastically impoverished,

gration of unemployed wasp-backs to the South. All major metropolises have been fully borderized.In fact, there are no longer visible cultural differ- ences between Toronto, Manhattan, Chicago, Lost Angeles, or Mexico Cida.

They all look like downtown Tijuana on a Saturday night. (GP/NASAL slowly turnsinto DRUNK.) The First World-slash-Third World-slash-geopolitical distinctions, vestiges of an outdated colonialist vocabulary, have completely overlapped. The leg- endary U.S.-Mexico borderline, affectionately known as "The Tortilla Cur-

b o r d e r l i n e , a f f e c

tain"no longer exists. Pieces of the great Tortillaare now sentimentalsou-

venirs

imprisoned for jaywalk-

ing in the Southwest have finally been released.Some of them now oc-

cupy importantgovernmentpositions.Acd, for example,

Charro-llero (Pause.)

GP/MEGAPHONE: Lights! An undocumented Mexican and a Cuban

mulatta, invited

seekingpoliticalasylum in [nameof country]. Have the

(Blackout.)

(GP on lecter. CF translates simultaneously to Gringonol.)

GP/THICK LATINO ACCENT

Spanglish and Gringonol have been

by [nameof organization and city where they are performing] are

hanging

on the bedroomwalls of idiotictouristslike you.

The hundredsof thousandsof Mexican POWs

servidorGranVato

just kiddin'. (GP stands up andwalkstoward audience.)

TV camerasarrived?

(withbigsmile):(He clearshis throat.)

proclaimed official languages, lingua

franca. the use of

The controversial SpanglishOnly Initiativethat in 1992

English in the

Southwest

question!"

And as if this weren't

Arethere

any questions?

outlawed

quicklyspreadthroughout the entire

Federation.It's mind-blowing.Televisa, CNN, and

create Reali-TV, the largest media empire of the globe, in charge of broad-

casting the daily New World Orders. Their slogan is "TV or not to be,

that is the

and Continental Airlines gave up their hegemony to new and more

chingonometriccompanies such

kan-Patagonian Shuttle

CF/GRINGO ACCENT

gringonol han sido

as MexicanadaAirlinesand the amazing Alas-

enough, United, American,

CBC have joined to

(misspelled): El spanglishy

el

proclamadaslenguasoficiales,linguafranca. La

Iniciativa que en 1992

rdpidamentipor toda lafederaci6n. Es mind-blowing.Televisa, CNN,

se han unido para crear Reali-TV, el imperio de los

grande del planeta, a

controverssial SpanglishOnly

prohibi6 el uso del ingles en el Southwest, se extendi6

y

CBC

mediosde comunicacionmas

hegemonia a

cargo de transmitirlos New World Orders cadadia. Su

eslogan es "TV or not TV, esa es la pregunta. Y comosi esto fuerapoco, las

lineasaereasde United, American, y Continental cedieronsu

companias mas nuevas y

sorprendentiAlaskan-Patagonian Shuttle

Hay algunapregunta?

chingonometricas comoMexicanadade Aviaci6n y el

(CF doesfart noisesas soundbed.)

GP/SLOW DRUNK:

Ay!

Reality looks and feels like a cyberpunk film

to Art-maggeddon or arewe merelyexpe-

millennia?Am I

exaggerating or are

radiobroadcasthas been

codirected by Jose Martiand Ted Turneron acid; and I, little

post-Mexi-

can romanticwith my permanentpoeticalerection, cannot help but to ask

out loud: Are we closerthan ever

riencing the birth pains of the new you out of it?

CF: (Interrupts.) Shut up you Chicanocentric pedero! You theoreticalminor-

ity!

authorized by the Department of (Blackout.)

TransnationalTourism.Whiteout please!

(Her tonebecomes apologetic.)Sorry, this pirate

Prophecy #III: Neo-Natonalism

(CF deliversfascist salute.GP standsbehind lecter.)

CF/MILITARY CHANT:

Word Order, FreeTrade Art, Utopia, Utopia 93

(GP doesfascistsoundingtongues with megaphone.)

New World Order, New

Disorder, New

(inloop).

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1 3 0 GuillermoGomez-Pena 5 . Fromthe New World B o r d e r seriesinstallment

5. Fromthe New World

Border seriesinstallment

at the WalkerArt Center in Minneapolis(1992) Miss Discovery(Coco Fusco) auctions off the Third World. (Photo by Glenn Halvorsen)

6. The Warrior for

Gringostroika, Guillermo G6mez-Pena, makeshis anti-colonialsentiments known during New World Border at the WalkerArt Center, Min- neapolis. (Photo by Glenn Halvorsen)

GP/ULTRA-MILITANT VOICE WITH REVERB: We witness a resur-

gence

World Border globalist rhetoric. Quebec,

tral Los Angeles, secede from the

new Federation of U.S. Republics. Independent micro-re-

are popping up everywhere at the blink of an eye. Verbigratia:

publics

(Music: Popol Vuh) The twin cities of San Dollariego and Tijuana have

united to form the MaquiladoraRepublic

cated to Baja California to constitute

and tourist kitsch. The cities of Lost Angeles and

greatest producer of pom

Tokyo share a corporate government calledJapangeles, in charge of oversee-

all the financial operations of the Pacific Rim. The Republik of Berke- is the only Marxist-Leninist nation left on the globe. The Caribbean

ing

ley

the powerful Baja-Kong, the world's

of San Diejuana. Hong Kong relo-

of ultranationalist movements

together with

the rise of the New

Puerto Rico, Aztlin, South Cen-

Yucatan, Panama, and all Indian nations have managed to

populations

of the East Coast, including Nuyo Rico and Cuba York, have

merged to

form the Independent Pan-Carib Nation. They willingly accept

refugees

junta

from Haiti and Miami. Florida and Cuba now share a corporate

that holds the cryptic name Lenin, Mas Canosa & Associates. The

Mexico D.F. (Detritus Defecalis) now Tesmogtitldn(from the

nation/city of

nahuatl nouns tesmog,pollution, and titldn,place) with its 50 million inhab-

itants and its 800 square miles is presently negotiating from FUSR.

its independence

GP AND CF: (Whispering.) FUSR

(Pre-recorded sounds of clock.)

FUSR

FUSR

VOICE (over sound system): If you guys don't like it here, why don't you go back to where you came from?

(GP and CF put on their "Caucasian"masks. CF begins text in French.CP si- multaneously translatesinto English with French accent.)

CF/ACADEMIC

multiculturelles'est passe dans plusieurs villes de la Frontieredu Nouveau Monde.

VOICE:

Le mois dernier, le conference historique sur la paix

Touteslesvillesonteteconnectes

decommencerle processes

hysteriequi ont et

etablis.Je citeverbatum:

GP/FRENCH ACCENT: Simultaneoustranslation:Last month, the his-

toric MulticulturalPeace

ous cities of the New World Border, all

par la technologie

du video-satellite.

L'objectif

et la

etait

douloureuxderesoudrelesresentiments

inter-ethnique

cree par le gringostroika.Quatreprincipesimportants ont ete

Conferencetook place simultaneously in numer-

interactively connected through

painfulprocess

video-satellite technology. The objective was to begin the

of working out the interethnicresentmentsand crosscultural hysteria cre-

ated by

verbatum:

(GPgoes

theaudiencewhile subvocalizing CF's text.)

CF/COMPUTER VOICE: I. No nation, community, or individualcan

claim racial,sexual, or aesthetic purity.

2. Starting in

open.

3. All nationswill

4. Membersof monoracialminoritiesof

equalrights,voting power, and a free multiculturaleducation.

CF/FRENCH NEWSCASTER:On a demandea tousles membresde FUSR

d'implementer ces principesipsofacto. Ceux qui

sufrirontun blocageeconomique.Magisterdixit,Reali-TV,caput!

GP/FRENCH

FUSR have been askedto

who do not comply will be

Gringostroika.

Four importantprinciples were established.I quote

tocenter stage,positions soccer ball, andthreatens four timesto kickit into

January of '95, all borderson the Americancontinentwill be

No

passport will be required.

operate with only one currency: the mightypeso.

European descentmust be granted

ne

veulent pas accepter les regles

ACCENT: (Translatingsimultaneously) All members of the

implement

these

punished with

principlesimmediately. Those embargo.Magisterdixit, Reali-

TV, caput!(Blackout.)

CF/COMPUTER VOICE: Before we continue with this broadcast, I

want everyone to repeat after me: "This is art (pause); this is not reality

(pause).Reality is no longer real.Thank you. Gracias.DankeSchin."

(The audiencefollowsinstructions.)

Prophecy #IV: The Melting Plot vs.

the Menudo Chowder

(Lights on

blond wig, andasks audience:)

GP/GENTLE VOICE: Are there

ence?Can you please raise your hands?

(Music: British-Hindu rapbyApachiIndian)

(CF

theaudience.Seatedon chair, GP drinksfromshampoobottle,puts on

any non-Anglo Europeans in the audi-

(CF counts them.)

walksinto the audience.She touchesthe heads of audiencememberswhile

guessing their nationality orrace.GP deliverstext changing accents abruptly.)

GP/PACHUCO: Hello raza.This is the voice of GranVatoCharrolleroin- terruptingyour coitus as always.Tonight's broadcastis about migration my gration!

GP/NASAL: This new

zarre interracialrelations. As

society is characterized by mass migrations and bi-

a result of this, new hybrid identities are

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emerging. All Mexican citizens have turned into Chicanos or Mexkimos andall Canadianshave become Chicanadians.

GP/GRINGO: Everyone is now a borderigena,meaning a native of the

great border region. According

to Transnational GeographicMagazine, 70%

of the crazy Chicarricuas, who are the

to

prod-

of the population in the New World Borderis undocumented, and up

9o% can be technically considered mesti-mulatta, that is the product of at

leastfour racialmixtures.

GP/LATINO: Such is the case

ucts of Puertorrican-mulattoand Chicano-mestizo parents; and also the in-

numerableGermanchurianswho descend from the union of West Germans andManchurianChinese.

(Song ends. CF goes backto her chair.)

GP/CANTINFLAS-LIKE VOICE: When a Chicaricuamarriesa Hasidic

displacedBelgian

marriesa Chicano,

latesas "littlewinnie."

Jew their child is called Hasidicvatoloco.And when a

the offspring is called Belga-chica, which loosely trans-

Among

the

other

significantly

large

half-breed

groups

are

the

I see

Anglomalans, the Afro-Croatians and the Jap-talians, many of whom

here tonight. It's lovely and very, very post-Columbian,

say, say

(Music: shamanistic yodelingfromPanama.)

(GP squats in front of hanging chickenand screams very loudly every 10 seconds while slowlytaking off wig.)

CF (with echo):(Go-go dancing) We've replaced the bankrupt notion

melting plot with a model that is more germane to the times, that of the

menudo chowder. According to this model, most of the ingredients do melt, but some stubborn chunks are condemned merely to float.

Culombian,may I

melting plot.

of the

The

Euro-Americans who resisted interracial love became a nomadic mi-

nority and eventually ended up migrating South to work for maquiladoras and fast-food restaurants. They get paid less than 200 pesos an hour. They

are derogatively referred to

These downtrodden people's basic rights are constantly violated, and there

is no embassy to defend them.

This alarming "Anglophobia" is based on an absolute fallacy-that "they" have come to take "our" jobs. But the truth is that no hybrid in his or her

right mind, including me, would work for such lousy wages.

(GP stands up, drinks shampoo, and actsdisoriented.He addressesthe chicken.)

as waspanos, waspitos, wasperos or waspbacks.

GP/DRUGGIE: Ay, your past is gone for good; my past is gone for good help me! Estoyperdido

CF: (Interrupting) Translation please!

GP:

al

nortede un sur inexistente.Me captascavemicola,mex-plico?

CF: Translation please!

(GP doesneanderthal sounds.)

CF: (Angry) Translation please!!

GP: OK, OK. Spanish lesson #5. Falsa democracia?

CF: Translation please! (Someonefrom the audience translates.)

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New WorldBorder 1 3 3 G P : S e x u a l Democracia? C
New WorldBorder 1 3 3 G P : S e x u a l Democracia? C

GP: Sexual Democracia?

CF: Translation please!

GP: U.S.A. te usa

CF: Translation please!

GP: Censurano-escultura

CF: Translation please!

GP: Un Mexicanoen E.U. es comoun turcoen Alemania.

CF: Translation please!

GP: Guera-moment guera

CF: Translation please!

GP: Me cago en el Nuevo OrdenMundial

CF: Translation please!

(GP

CF: Translation please!

GP/DIDACTIC:

hablar espaiol sufrieron una marginacion total. No podian encontrar trabajoy en las escuelasmultirracialesse les considerabaretrasadosmentales. Aqui con nosotrosen el

estudio 4 tenemosa varios ejemplos de

Repeat with me. Los norteamericanos que no aprendieron a

says something in tongues.)

(Blackout.)

7. GuillermoGomez-

Pefa as the discjockeyof the 3rd Apocalypse in a performanceof New World Border at Mu-

seum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, I992. (Photo by Isaac Artenstein)

8. Members of RoboRaza

(Left to right:Gregorio Rivera, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, and Bart Uchida)worship at the altar during Performance Jamming Session at Boston'sThe Space in I991. (Photoby Chuck Meyer)

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Prophecy #V: Robo-Raza

(GP puts on "Indianmask" & CF puts on the blond wig. GP kneels and CF standsbehind him.)

(Music:excerptfrom "Norte/Sur" radio show.)

(CF mouthsthen bothchant pre-recordedtext.)

CF: (Mouthing) Due

Huichol

I995.

GP AND CF: Authentic Art, Authentic Nostalgia, Quality Control. Au- thentic Art, Authentic Nostalgia, Quality Control (repeat).

and Chamula Indian crafts must remain authentic, at least until

to pressure from the Mexican

Secretariade Turismo,

(Music interruption #I:

Fito

Paez. Note: These abrupt and loud music interrup-

tions are meant to createthe sensation that "someone up there"is sabotaging the show. During them, GP mouthsinaudible things to the audienceand screamsat the technicians, while CF raisescardboard signs with instructionsto the audiencesuchas "Laugh!" or "Look outraged." GP danceslike a Hollywood "Indian"aroundCF. CF standsbehind lectern.)

CF

multiculture. Simultaneous translation: The new transcontinental youths are

global culture cyborgs. Their style of dress is a combination

nostalgia, futuristic heavy metal, and "pomo-ethnic"

from many

rarely love,

geous-looking. (Music interruption #2: song by Maldita Vecindad) When they

speak, they use one language, a blend of Spanglish, Frangle, and Portunol, spiced with caloand borderismosborrowed from Chinese, Tagalo, corporate, and media jargon. Due to their fluency in this trans-border esperanto, a

youngster from Sao Paulo has no problem understanding a teen from say Montreal or San Diejuana. However, neither one of them could understand this presentation since it is written for the most part in academic Mexican English.

(in English) AND

GP (in tongues and Calo): A lecture on American pop

of lowrider

details appropriated

officially sanctioned traditions. Generically called robo-raza, they

talk, laugh, or cry. They are aloof, slim, very stylized, and gor-

To

them

I am merely

a monostat, which

literally means

"a talkative

mono-cultural old fart." Since English

presentation might even be perceived by some of you as a counter-revolu- tionary act. (Musicinterruption#3: song by Fito Paez) The robo-razas hang out in gangas (such as the postmoder ninja-tortas or the floatinggreasers). When the robo-razasare not sleeping or hanging out in the Mall of Oblivion, they are tuned to their portable 3-D video walkmen. Their sole objective is to avoid Reality #I, a euphemism for what we used to understand as the social difficulties of everyday life in a Western democ- racy like this one. Depending on the context,