PRESS RELEASE

DOC / UNDOC

Documentado/Undocumented
Ars Shamánica Performática

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A traveling case for apprentice shamans
A reliquary for imaginary saints
A toolbox for self-transformation
A quiet call to heal yourself with fetishes and antidotes
A border kit to face the uncertainty of future crossings
A new project, seven years in the making

A mixed-media production housed in a hi-tech aluminum case, which contains Felicia Rice’s artists’ book DOC/UNDOC of performance texts by artist/writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña and critical commentary by art historian Jennifer González, video by Gómez-Peña and artist Gustavo Vazquez, and sound art by Zachary Watkins.

The object itself carries within a crisis of identity: What is it exactly? A stage for an intimate one-on-one performance? An unusual video screening room? A personal multi-media altar? A “vanity” used for preparing for a performance? It is all these things and it is also an original book, a performative artists’ book in search of a new format and a new audience. Each element stands by itself, but together they form an indescribable whole.

The limited edition of DOC/UNDOC is for sale. The deluxe edition of 15 includes the artists’ book in the aluminum case. In addition, 35 stand-alone artists’ books are also available.

For a deep look at the entire piece, visit the online exhibition of DOC/UNDOC at the Museo Eduardo Carrillo.

Interested in purchasing or reviewing the work? Would you like to mount an exhibition with accompanying performances? Please contact Felicia Rice at frice@movingpartspress.com.

Quotes from the artists about the project:

“How do we create a more intimate, performative and ritualized experience for the viewer/participant in this unique book object? Its interactive dimension may be its main contribution to the field of experimental book art or rather “performative book art.”                       —Guillermo Gómez-Peña

“The book invites us to consider an ongoing tension as we navigate a world of politics and appearance, racism and immigration, self and other.” —Jennifer González

“You have to see it live.” —Felicia Rice