HOW TO SURVIVE THE PANDEMICS? – In a poetic exchange with Guillermo Gómez-Peña


00:00:00 Introduction & Disclaimers

00:10:28 On Memory Exercises

00:14:52 On Listening Language

00:20:04 On Myopic Fears

00:24:53 On Survival Personas

00:28:35 On Essential Questions Of Digital Capitalism

00:35:25 On Colonial Psychosis

00:41:33 On Our Virtual Selves

00:48:11 On Heterotopic Waiting

00:59:44 On Radical Citizenship In Violated Landscapes


For the fourth episode of the momentum series, "How to survive the pandemics?", Andrea Pagnes (VestAndPage) has been in a poetic exchange with the artist, activist and poet Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Over the course of one and a half years since February 2020, they have exchanged over a series of video meetings and online documents. They collected their poetic and philosophical considerations on what they saw evolving – testimonies of their times. We see them documenting a chronicle response to multiple pandemics, including COVID-19, the viruses of fear, racism, confinement, forced displacement and mental illness. Pagnes and Gómez-Peña shed a radical light of words onto the abysses of our times, such as white supremacy, oppression, violence, digital isolation, and ultimately: the survival of it all through art-making.


Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a performance artist, writer, activist, radical pedagogue, and artistic director of La Pocha Nostra's performance troupe. Born in Mexico City, he moved to the US in 1978, and since 1995, his three homes have been San Francisco, Mexico City and the "road". His performance work and 21 books have contributed to the debates on cultural, generational, and gender diversity, border culture and North-South relations. For over 30 years, he has been staging seminal performance art pieces. His award-winning solo performances mix experimental aesthetics, activist politics, Spanglish humor and audience participation to create a "total experience" for the audience member/reader/viewer. Gómez-Peña is currently a Patron for the London-based Live Art Development Agency and a Senior Fellow in the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.


Welcome to the momentum of the pandemics.



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