Ars Shamánica Performática


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 Museo Eduardo Carrillo online exhibition of DOC/UNDOC at the Google Cultural Institute site.

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

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

Praise for DOC/UNDOC:

“A fierce and salient cultural intervention, with myriad possibilities. Wild mind shamanic Gómez-Peña imprints his masterful, timeless persona here, as do other collaborators, and book artist Felicia Rice provides a powerful container—a microcosm/macrocosm for immigrant experience. Tactile, visual, expansive, explosive.”—Anne Waldman, poet, author of Voice’s Daughter of a Heart Yet To Be Born

“Felicia Rice is one of the most exemplary book artists in the United States. Her collaborations with Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Enrique Chagoya have transcended every tradition and formal expectation that we have concerning the book as a work of art. Her new collaboration with Gómez-Peña, Doc/Undoc, is a brilliant exposition of the best of two worlds—art and political action.”—Peter Rutledge Koch, The Codex Foundation

“The bleeding flaming heart of this book is a cornucopia of shamanic defenses against racism. It’s a magical toolbox filled with implements to use for safe border crossings, a prayerbook for the deconstruction of oppressive stereotypes, and a guide for the creation of liberated identities and revolutionary entities. This is not a book to be just read, it’s a book to be performed, enacted and realized.”—Marshall Weber, Artist/Curator at Booklyn

“An interactive experience that ignites dialogues, performances and workshops addressing race and identity across generations. When installed in our gallery, alongside Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s video performance, the collaborative book came alive fully deployed in serpentine fashion offering innovative insight into complex issues.”—Shelby Graham, Director/Curator Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at UC Santa Cruz