Installación / deInstallación Performance

I will be updating this post shortly, about a recent performance (November 2014) at Pro Arts in Oakland, CA


I performed two slowed motion performances at Pro Arts in Oakland, California, as part of their exhibition, Pictures, Featuring, in November 2014.

The premise of the exhibition was curious- using the two gallery spaces alternately, each artist would have just three days in their allotted space.  One day for install, one day for ‘show’, and one day for de-install. As one artist was showing in one gallery, another would be installing in the other gallery. Then as the first artist was de-installing, the other artist would be showing. Such would be the rotation of ten or so artists.  The whole business would be recorded on a time-lapsed camera, set to take one photo every 4 minutes.  This was a perfect opportunity for Cortezuma to playfully express his relationship to time.



Laying out an altar, as Cortezuma I then set about performing  Installación.  This involved hanging four paintings, very very slowly, over the course of three hours.  After finding the walls (Cortezuma is blind, remember) and hanging the paintings, he then set about building a house of cards with the remaining ex-votos.  Of course, they fell repeatedly during the stacking.  Eventually, the house of cards was built, the proper prayers and actions performed, and I exited the space.  I returned only to hang Cortezuma’s costume on the wall, and leave his crown on the altar.

During the time of this performance, a marketing meeting was held in the same large room.  It was very odd to be performing in some strange other-time, and be held into this-time by the conversation about ‘one-stop art shopping’.

Two days later, I performed  deInstallación.  In reverse order, I took everything down, gathered all the objects from the altar, and carried them off ‘stage’.  Below is what remains of the movie made of images taken every four minutes or so.  According to Cortezuma, the footage from Installación was destroyed in a fire with other important codices shortly before the Conquest of 1521. In any case, only this short clip of deInstallación remains.

Screen shot 2015-01-16 at 2.42.11 PM