Saturday, 2 October 2010


My Barbarian: Eco #1 from oncentro on Vimeo.

ECHOES OF ECHOES OF ECHOES: A project by My Barbarian
My Barbarian en El Eco
August 9th-September 12th

ECO #1 TITLE: Producing Collectivity / Collective Production.
LOCATION: Museo Experimental El Eco / Espacio Escultórico
Echoing Goeritz’s interest in collective production, My Barbarian composes while on view in the main gallery of El Eco, an on-site, abstract meditation on the relationship between Aztec ruins and Marxist melancholy. There will be a live performance at Espacio Escultórico at the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, August 19 at 12pm: The composition will be performed live as it is taped in this outdoor space. An audience may gather.

ECO #2 TITLE: The Special Space / The Spatial Trace.
LOCATION: Museo El Eco Bar
Re-creating a lesbian bar that took place on the premises of El Eco in the 1950s, My Barbarian will collaborate with Mexico City-based performers, including Las Reinas Chulas, on a loose cinematic narrative that explores what it might have meant to carve out a place for women to meet for friendship, sex, revelry, and the formation of a political identity. The resultant video will be installed above the bar in September.

ECO #3 TITLE: Plural Mural / Halted Movement.
LOCATION: Museo El Eco, Main Gallery.
Using a painted green screen, a lighting setup and a video camera, a video mural based in part on Juan O’Gorman’s UNAM Library mosaic, will be created. The figures will be members of the public (selected by My Barbarian), collaborating artists (featuring Galia Eibenschutz), and performers (dancers, musicians, street performers), selected through auditions y My Barbarian. All the participants will be collaged into a mural design pattern and projected onto the wall of the main room El Eco.

ECO #4 TITLE: Non-Western (Backdrop).
LOCATION: Sala Mont, Museo El Eco.
Looped projection of My Barbarian’s video, Non-Western (Backdrop), 2008, 40 mins.
The video serves to accompany the performance Non-Western, parts of which will be occasionally and intermittently performed by My Barbarian while working at El Eco. Set to music, the video shows Spanish song lyrics across backdrops shot in Los Angeles neighborhoods such as Echo Park, Boyle Heights, Highland Park, and other areas with a strong Mexican influence.

ECO #5 TITLE: Echo of Echoes / Ecos de los Ecos.
LOCATION: Museo El Eco.
A closing performance and video installation will be presented by My Barbarian at El Eco, in response to the exhibition material developed over the last month.

photos by: Cecilia Leon de la Barra and El Eco
video by: David Waddington

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