Thursday, April 10, 2014

What is "Mextasy" | Boise State University Exhibition/Lecture for the Third Cinema Research Group and El Consulado de México en Boise, Idaho | April 11, 2014 @ 7pm

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Mextasy: Seductive Hallucinations of Latina/o Mannequins Prowling the American Unconscious is a traveling art show/exhibit based on the work of William "Memo" Nericcio and Guillermo Nericcio García. The show, originally curated by Rachel Freyman Brown, South Texas College, McAllen, Texas, has just finished a one month run at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign at La Casa Cultura Latina . It has previously toured at the Centro Cultural de La Raza, in Balboa Park, San Diego, California; at Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Department of American Studies, University of Michigan; in San Ysidro, California (as Xicanoholic) at Casa Familiar; in McAllen, Texas at South Texas College's Pecan campus Art Gallery; at Laredo, Texas at the the Laredo Center of the Arts; additionally, it had an April 8, 2011 opening at the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa; and a run at the Fullerton Public Library with Gustavo Arellano hostingSeptember 2011 saw Mextasy invade San Antonio College for a Tex[t]-Mex reading/signing and an exclusive South Texas MEXTASY exhibition. In 2012, Mextasy was sighted at Ohio State University; at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario; at theFront, San Ysidro, California; and in Boulder, Colorado, at the University of Colorado for the Ethnic Studies Department. Western University, London, Ontario has also hosted a show, with other exhibitons and presentations at Adrian College, UCLA, and, this week, Boise State University.

Mextasy both reflects and expands upon Nericcio's 2007 book with UT Press, Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the Mexican in America. In addition to racist artifacts from American mass culture (the bread and butter of Uncle Sam's unconscious), the show also features works that "xicanosmotic," that is, works by Mexican-American artists where the delicious tattoo of the Mexican/US frontera is writ large as in the deliriously delicious semiotic tracings of Raul Gonzalez IIIPerry Vasquez, Izel Vargas, and Marisela Norte.

Visitors to this page interested in having MEXTASY invade their local gallery/university of choice should contact us here. For more information and an interview with the curator/artist, go here.

An excerpt from an unpublished interview with Lorena Nava Ruggero, appears below.
An other interview, focused more on the Eyegiene project, appears online on Agitprop.


LNR: What is Mextasy? Why did you create it?


WN: Mextasy is an art exhibition featuring outrageous stereotypes of Mexicans and other Latinas/os; additionally, it contains sculptures, drawings, photography, and other media that attack the notion of Mexicans as less-than-human in American mass culture. The show I opened along the Rio Grande river in McAllen (September, 2010) and in Laredo this December, Mextasy, is dedicated to the old motherland and my peculiar fatherland.

Mextasy is more than a representation of ecstasy about or for Mexico; it is about the sensuous tracings Mexican culture leaves both sides of the border. More existential state than archive, Mextasy speaks to the living organism of Mexicanicity as it moves between the bodies of Mexico and the United States--an overt and covert delicious miasma that arouses as it excites, excites as it provokes. ¡Que viva Mexico!, within and without its borders.

LNR: How does Mextasy parallel your book?

WN: Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America features over 200 illustrations, with 16 pages in full color; many of these illustrations are stock representations of Mexicans (the sleeping Mexican, the bandit Mexican, the hot, Latina femme fatale). However, the book also includes original art, digital, photographic and hand-drawn, created by me. You know English Professors are known more for tweed and pomposity than their Picasso-like skills--for that reason I publish all my art under the name of Guillermo Nericcio García, what my name would have been if I had been born 10 blocks south of where I came into the world in Laredo, Texas--a bordertown with Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

LNR: You're primarily a writer, but this is an art exhibit -- what was it like to create this kind of "content"?

WN: I have been drawing since I was three--I made my own comic book with my sister before I was ten; after that, I was the political cartoonist for my high school newspaper (most infamous drawing? of Vice-Principal Shoup as a zeigheiling facsist for his punitive pedagogy--I was almost expelled and the nuns at St. Augustine tried to censor the paper).

LNR: What will you focus on in your lectures in Texas (I noticed two speaking engagements at libraries)?

WN: I will be focusing on my ongoing forensic work on American visual culture--so I will be dealing with the image of Mexico in the United States but also with our changing optics-obsessed culture in general--from Avatar in 3-D to the IPad, we are living through a watershed moment in textual reproduction where the turn to the visual (the semiotic) is accelerating at a mind-blowing pace. Next year, my new book appears with the University of Texas Press; it is entitled Eyegiene: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race--parts of my talks will be drawn from that work.

LNR: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

WN: I love visiting South Texas--it is like a return to my roots; and though Northern Mexico and South Texas are in cultural chaos right now, the fallout of the Narco Wars hitting this locale hard, I think its important to remind yourself of where you come from. You would think that Southern California and South Texas are the same, but they are like worlds apart.



original posting 11/4/10 | revised 12/11/2010 | Revised again, September 2011| Once again on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Textmex, Mextasy, Eyegiene, and Technosexualities on the Road in the Land of Blue Turf! Lecture/Signing/Exhibition at Boise State University, April 11 @ 7pm! "Orgasmic, Semiotic Cataclysms of Eyegiene and Mextasy: Digressions of Film Studies, Ethnic Studies, & Cultural Studies in the Televisual, Techno-Ontologicial Age of the Smartphone"


...a new poster for the MEXTASY gig @ Boise State just launched!

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Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7pm, I will be in the Farnsworth Room in the Student Union Building on the campus of Boise State University for a lecture/exhibition fusing my past and more recent researches into the sprawling miasma Tex[t]-Mex, Mextasy, Eyegiene, and Technosexualities.  The improbable and ungainly title I have used to lasso together this hoarder's treasure trawl of cultural studies goodies is "Orgasmic, Semiotic Cataclysms of Eyegiene and Mextasy." As if that was not enough, I tacked on a subtitle for good measure: "Digressions of Film Studies, Ethnic Studies, & Cultural Studies in the Televisual, Techno-Ontologicial Age of the Smartphone."  Can't wait to see Ralph Clare, Professor, Boise State, and a former student of mine back in the day on Montezuma Mesa, read that title aloud!

In any event, I will be selling, signing (and drawing cartoons) into copies of Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America, and prints from the Mextasy show at the lecture--in you are a Latina/o-loving, cultural studies maven trapped in the wilds of Idaho, come on down!

The original poster appears below--the updated one with all the proper thankyous appears opposite--click to make more bigger or go here for a high-res version.

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¡high-res linkazo!

last promotional poster variant

Monday, March 3, 2014

MEXTASY 2014: Mextasy Show on Exhibition for Three More Weeks at La Casa Cultural Latina, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign!

UPDATE: March 3, 2014! Great News! Mextasy @ the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's LA CASA CULTURAL LATINA has been extended for three weeks through March 21, 2014! The show is free and on exhibition in the main rooms of LA CASA! Gracias Gracias Gracias to all the fine gente/folks in the snowy fields of the Midwest for extending such a warm welcome to MEXTASY.
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From Tex[t]-Mex to Mextasy to Eyegiene
Televisually Supercharged Hallucinations of 'Mexicans' in our Digital Humanities-laced, Technosexually Voyeuristic Tomorrow(s)


In a wide-ranging talk that builds on the work found in  Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of“Mexicans” in America (2007), but that also incorporates the traveling exhibition (and pop-up rascuache museum entitled Mextasy), and looks forward to my new project entitled Eyegiene: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race, I will try to immerse students, faculty, and community members from the University of Illinois in some of the crazy story of metamorphosis that forms the history of Tex[t]-Mex, what began as a response to the laughter of racist students on the East Coast snickering at the concept of "Mexican Intellectuals," has ended up as a career-long sojourn, an Odyssey-like conquest, to track down and vivisect Latina/o stereotypes in American mass culture.  More recently, the work has evolved, concerning itself more less with issues of ethnocentrism and race and more with what I call technosexual "subject-effects," watchfully surveilling the evolution of human entertainment as it concerns itself less with "the other" and more with the "OS" (think here of Spike Jonze's awesome new movie Her).  There too, however, the massive hangover from European and American genocide, slavery, and racism, will continue to evolve and morph, finding new manifestations in the digital age of smartphones.  Ultimately, this is a lecture about metamorphosis, a movement in my work from an outright focus on deleterious stereotypes into a brave new world filled with the hedonistic pleasures of mextasy.  This, then, is a lecture that tries to capture our contemporary ontology in flux, from "I think therefore I am" to "I see, therefore I must record and broadcast, in order to be--Descartes credo reborn and re-imagined for the high age, the sacred moment of the "selfie."

All Mextasy event/lectures are all free/gratis!

Some prints, new and old, for the show...

Original Posting February 25, 2014

Guillermo Nericcio García y William A. Nericcio 
are Invading the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign 
on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:30pm 
@ La Casa Cultural Latina!!! 

Help Spread la Palabra!

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Click the poster and watch it grow!
poster for the mextasy exhibition, u of illinois urbana-champaign

Friday, February 21, 2014

Mextasy Coming to Illinois! Thursday, February 27, 2014 ~ Guillermo Nericcio García y William A. Nericcio! Desmadres y Mucho Mas More!


Mextasy comes to the wilds of Illinois Thursday, February 27, 2014, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's LA CASA CULTURA LATINA from 5:30-7:30pm... 

here's a recent interview with some background on the show...

An excerpt from an unpublished interview with Lorena Nava Ruggero



LNR: What is Mextasy? Why did you create it?

WN: Mextasy is an art exhibition featuring outrageous stereotypes of Mexicans and other Latinas/os; additionally, it contains sculptures, drawings, photography, and other media that attack the notion of Mexicans as less-than-human in American mass culture. The show I opened along the Rio Grande river in McAllen (September, 2010) and in Laredo this December, Mextasy, is dedicated to the old motherland and my peculiar fatherland.

Mextasy is more than a representation of ecstasy about or for Mexico; it is about the sensuous tracings Mexican culture leaves both sides of the border. More existential state than archive, Mextasy speaks to the living organism of Mexicanicity as it moves between the bodies of Mexico and the United States--an overt and covert delicious miasma that arouses as it excites, excites as it provokes. ¡Que viva Mexico!, within and without its borders.
LNR: How does Mextasy parallel your book?

WN: Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America features over 200 illustrations, with 16 pages in full color; many of these illustrations are stock representations of Mexicans (the sleeping Mexican, the bandit Mexican, the hot, Latina femme fatale). However, the book also includes original art, digital, photographic and hand-drawn, created by me. You know English Professors are known more for tweed and pomposity than their Picasso-like skills--for that reason I publish all my art under the name of Guillermo Nericcio García, what my name would have been if I had been born 10 blocks south of where I came into the world in Laredo, Texas--a bordertown with Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

LNR: You're primarily a writer, but this is an art exhibit -- what was it like to create this kind of "content"?

WN: I have been drawing since I was three--I made my own comic book with my sister before I was ten; after that, I was the political cartoonist for my high school newspaper (most infamous drawing? of Vice-Principal Shoup as a zeigheiling facsist for his punitive pedagogy--I was almost expelled and the nuns at St. Augustine tried to censor the paper).

LNR: What will you focus on in your lectures in [Illinois]?

WN: I will be focusing on my ongoing forensic work on American visual culture--so I will be dealing with the image of Mexico in the United States but also with our changing optics-obsessed culture in general--from Avatar in 3-D to the iPad, we are living through a watershed moment in textual reproduction where the turn to the visual (the semiotic) is accelerating at a mind-blowing pace. Next year, my new book appears with the University of Texas Press; it is entitled Eyegiene: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race--parts of my talks will be drawn from that work.





Friday, February 7, 2014

Guillermo Nericcio García y William A. Nericcio are Invading the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:30pm @ La Casa Cultural Latina!!! Help Spread la Palabra!

Guillermo Nericcio García y William A. Nericcio are Invading the 
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign on Thursday, 
February 27, 2014 at 5:30pm @ La Casa Cultural Latina!!! 

Help Spread la Palabra!

More soon!


Friday, September 6, 2013

Mextasy @ Adrian College: Exhibition Closing Lectures and Celebration About to Launch!

Streaming video updates below | August 25, 2013





The rumors I started are true--nurturing my wanderlusting Tejano fetish for the American Midwest (where even 
Cleveland or Columbus shimmer on the horizon of my consciousness like Reykjavic or Paris do for others), I have set my sights again on Michigan (sorry Ann Arbor, no Wolverine desmadres this time) and the balmy climes of Adrian at a college there called, you guessed it, Adrian College

Located near the financially infamous (of late) Motor City of Detroit, Adrian is known for fences. That's right! Fences--and whilst this gives your border-rat textmex blogger some pause (especially with the all the neo-fascist fervor for border walls these days), I am going to hold my tongue for the moment as the fine liberal arts college is also know for something much more important--social justice.


Here's wikipedia on Adrian: "In the late 19th century through early 20th century Adrian was known as the 'fence capital of the world,' when J. Wallace Page invented the first successful wire fence. Throughout this period, Adrian was one of the first fencing manufacturers in the world and its fences were shipped as far as New York, Berlin, Asia, and Africa." Working in Adrian's favor is the denouement of this microhistory where J. Wallace Page's company  sponsors "the highly successful Page Fence Giants Black baseball team." But Adrian is also known for Adrian College, according to USA TODAY, the "#1 Up-and-Coming College in the Midwest" and I am thrilled to bring my Tejano/Califas-drenched exhibition and lectures to Adrian's shores! The other great thing about Adrian College? It's a thriving abolitionist-era institution of higher ed!

So how will it go down? Adrian College's Shipman Library has installed the full Mextasy exhibit (Mextasy: Seductive Hallucinations of Latina/o Mannequins Prowling the American Unconscious) in its Heritage Room on the main Adrian College campus. The exhibition will be housed there from August 26 to September 13, 2013. Students and the community can see the exhibit anytime the library is open with Shipman Library regular hours running Monday through Thursday, 8am-1pm; Friday, 8am-5pm; Saturdays, 10am-5pm; and Sundays from 12pm-11pm. 


There will be two major media-rich presentations associated with the Mextasy extravaganza. There will be a community lecture entitled  "Compulsively Desirable, Utterly Loathsome: Mexican and Latina/o Bodies in the 21st Century" on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in Jones 110, 7:00pm–8:00pm. And there will be a campus lecture as well Thursday, September 12, 2013, entitled "Disrupting the Optical Hegemony of Stereotypes Now: Tex[t]-Mex, Eyegiene, and the Visual Dynamics of a Technosexual Tomorrow" in a room to be announced, 12:00pm–1pm.  A big gracias goes out to the Mextasy event sponsors: The Office of the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, Modern Languages and Cultures, Collegium II, ALPHA/Fin-Com, Institute for Ethics, Student Life, Multicultural Programs, Department of English, and the Institute for Creativity. 

An even bigger thank you and abrazo goes out to Professor Aïda Valenzuela, without whose imagination, vision, and drive, this event would never have happened!






EXTRAS
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a video and a cartoon for the Adrian College Lectures!

1. Humphrey Bogart and Alfonso Bedoya light up the screen in a scene from TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRES


2. Classic SPEEDY GONZALES antics from CANNERY WOE
 
click image for the streaming page


last promo posters--as with most images here, click to enlarge


Monday, August 5, 2013

MEXTASY Exhibition Coming to Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan, August-September 2013--Added Bonus? Two Lectures by William Nericcio

Wicked Desmadres Your Way Cometh! 


MEXTASY
SEDUCTIVE HALLUCINATIONS OF LATINA/O MANNEQUINS PROWLING THE AMERICAN UNCONSCIOUS

WILLIAM ANTHONY NERICCIO & GUILLERMO NERICCIO GARCÍA


Mextasy Exhibition | The Heritage Room | Adrian College | Shipman Library
August 26 to September 13, 2013

Mextasy: Seductive Hallucinations of Latina/o Mannequins Prowling the American Unconscious, an outrageous traveling exhibition of Mexican stereotypes and cutting-edge Latina/o Art and Photography invades Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan opening August 26, 2013. Students and the community can see the exhibit anytime the library is open. Shipman Library hours are: Monday through Thursday, 8am-1pm; Friday, 8am-5pm; Saturdays, 10am-5pm; and Sundays from 12pm-11pm.

 Tex[t]-Mex/Mextasy Lectures! | Jones Hall & Velade Hall | Adrian College

There will be two major media-rich presentations by our guest(s) associated with the Mextasy extravaganza:

1. A community lecture entitled “Compulsively Desirable, Utterly Loathsome: Mexican & Latina/o Bodies in the 21st Century” on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in Jones Hall 110 from 7:00 to 8:30pm.









2. There will be a campus lecture entitled “Disrupting the Visual Hegemony of Stereotypes Now: Tex[t]-Mex, Eyegiene, and the Optical Dynamics of a Technosexual Tomorrow” on Thursday, September 12, 2013, in Knight Auditorium, Velade Hall, from 12:00 to 1:30pm.















Mextasy @ Adrian College Sponsors: The Office of the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, Adrian College; Modern Languages and Cultures; Collegium II; A.L.P.H.A, Multicultural Programs; The Department of English; and The Institute for Creativity. An even bigger thank you and abrazo goes out to Professor Aïda Valenzuela, without whose imagination, vision, and drive, this event never would have happened!