Three women sitting in an axolotl-shaped boat on a pond
Performance

En Cuatro Patas: The Formaldehyde Trip

Sat, Jan 20, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Jan 20, 2018, 9:30 p.m.
The Broad, Oculus Hall
Tickets $25
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Overview

Written and directed by Mexico City artist Naomi Rincón Gallardo, The Formaldehyde Trip is a cycle of songs and videos dedicated to murdered Mixtec activist Alberta “Bety” Cariño, performed live with crafty and ornate props, and echoes from Mexican B-side Sci-Fi films of the 60s and 70s. The Formaldehyde Trip weaves together Mesoamerican cosmologies, feminist activism and theory and indigenous women’s struggle for their bodies and their territories. The work imagines Bety Cariño’s journey through the underworld where she encounters women warriors, witches and widows, the dual-gendered goddess of death and animals preparing her rebirth party. An axolotl (Mexican salamander) in formaldehyde is the story-teller who agitates between fact, fiction and friction.

El viaje de formol es una ficción especulativa que consiste en un ciclo de canciones y videos dedicados a Bety Cariño (1973-2010), activista mixteca defensora de los derechos de los pueblos y territorios indígenas asesinada en 2010 en una emboscada paramilitar. El viaje de formol despliega ecos de cosmologías mesoamericanas, referencias al cine mexicano de ciencia ficción de los 60s y 70s, voces visionarias del pasado cantando hacia el futuro, y letras de canciones inspiradas en luchas de mujeres contra el despojo de sus territorios, cuerpos y vidas. El viaje de formol imagina el trayecto de Bety al inframundo, donde encuentra guerreras, brujas y viudas, animales y deidades con ambos sexos preparando su fiesta de retorno. Un axolotl preservado en formol juega el papel de narrador, informante nativo y guía de viajes en el tiempo que va mutando mientras agita hechos, ficciones y fricciones.

  • Vocals: Danishta Rivero, David Katz, San Cha
  • Drums: Cat Serafin
  • Composer: Federico Schmucler
  • Vocal effect processing: David Molina
  • Writer & Director: Naomi Rincón Gallardo

The Formaldahyde Trip is presented as part of the Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA, organized by REDCAT and supported by a major grant from the Getty Foundation. Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. 

 

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About the Artist

 

Naomi Rincón Gallardo is a Mexico City-based artist, currently residing in Vienna. Understanding research as an artful and transdisciplinary fabrication, Rincón Gallardo’s work addresses initiatives related to the creation of counter-worlds in neo-colonial settings. She uses masquerade lenses and absurdity to create a place between radical utopian experiences, fantasy and crises of beliefs. Rincón Gallardo integrates her interest in music, theater games, D.I.Y. aesthetics, speculative fiction, intersectional feminisms, speculative fictions, queer theory and critical pedagogy into her work. Alongside her artistic work, she has been involved in both teaching and coordinating. Since 2013, she is a member of the cuir-feminist collective.  

 

Sobre la Artista

Naomi Rincón Gallardo (Carolina del Norte 1979). Vive y trabaja en la Ciudad de México, pero actualmente está radicada en Vienna. Entendiendo la investigación como una práctica artificiosa y transdiciplinaria, el trabajo de Rincón Gallardo elabora mascaradas sobre iniciativas de creación de contra-mundos en contextos neo-coloniales. Rincón Gallardo crea marcos diversos de colaboración integrando sus intereses por los juegos teatrales, la música, el rascuachismo, la ficción especulativa, la teoría queer, la pedagogía crítica y los feminismos interseccionales. Junto a su producción, se ha involucrado como  docente y coordinadora. Desde 2013 pertenece al colectivo feminista invasorix.


About En Cuatro Patas

“The Broad To Go” and "The Broad on the Go!" art kits were created so that kids could be creative and experience The Broad from home. The first art kits were delivered in 2020 so that families could get much-needed art supplies while school buildings were closed.

Inspired by Broad collection artists, each art kit contains art supplies, a journal, free museum passes, and art activities in English and Spanish that help develop critical thinking skills.

Partners

The Broad is proud to partner with Touch Art Supply and community organizations that are vital to families in Los Angeles and for advancing arts education.

Learn more about our community partners: 826 LA, Arts in Action, Cruzita’sGreetings from South Central, Hank’s Mini Market, Inner City ArtsLos Angeles Music and Art Schoolthe Los Angeles Public Library, Salesian Family Youth Center of Los AngelesSchool on WheelsSelf Help & Graphics Art, and South LA Café.

 

Special thanks to leading partner East West Bank
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