Radical Narcissism: A Performance Art and Writing Workshop by Raquel Gutierrez
Wednesday Nov 14th, 2012 - Wednesday Nov 14th, 2012
4:30 PM - 6:45 PM / The Colleague's Room (2nd floor of the Sierra Center)
Radical Narcissism: How do we invoke our truths in ways that create a dynamic cross-hatched narrative that straddles identity, politics, affect and community building without shaking our fists in tired political ranting or maudlin acts of self-defeat? How we do create a vernacular around the building of community and other senses of belonging? This workshop is for emerging writers and performing artists who wish to deepen their artistic process beginning with the communities each body emerges from as a place of research.Through a rigorous self-questioning method, this performance art and writing workshop will focus on zones of intimacy, finding authenticity and the act of presence with ourselves in relation to the worlds we inhabit and create. Using imagery work and a wide variety of experimental situations, participants will develop skills to communicate with text and the body and transform ideas into performance. The emphasis will be placed both on solo and group explorations as well as performance process.
Raquel Gutierrez cut her teeth on Los Angeles performance art when she interned and house managed at Highways Performance Space in the year 2000. Raquel is a performance writer, playwright, and cultural organizer, studied in university settings and performed in a variety of locations, like the Salvadoran countryside, cabarets, galleries, San Antonio, more universities, Pico-Union, etc. In 2001, Gutierrez was one of the co-founding members of the performance ensemble, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan (BdP), a community-based and activist-minded group aimed at creating a visual vernacular around queer Latinidad in Los Angeles. Raquel also co-founded other queer women of color projects and Latino projects, Tongues, A Project of VIVA and Epicentro Poetry project. Raquel has published work in Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing (edited by Lazaro Lima and Felice Picano), Los Angeles Weekly, Make/shift magazine, Journal of Chicana/Latina Studies, and Izote Vos: Salvadoran American Literary and Visual Art (published by SF's Pacific News Service).
Sponsored by the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, CSUN Pride Center and the Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program, Office of Graduate Studies.
Name: Denise Sandoval
Phone: (818) 677-3301
Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies