Doc/Undoc

Sesnon Gallery Reception for the artists: October 15, 5-7pm
Friday, October 3, 2014 to Saturday, December 6, 2014
Sesnon Gallery

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences is pleased to co-sponsor Doc/Undoc, an innovative performative book that will unfold both literally and figuratively into an installation in the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery at UC Santa Cruz, and a performance by internationally renowned performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña.

Exhibition: October 3 - December 6, 2014

Sesnon Gallery Reception for the artists: October 15, 5-7pm

Performance by Guillermo Gómez-Peña: Nov. 6, DARC 8pm

Doc/Undoc, Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática, is the outcome of a seven-year collaboration initiated by book artist Felicia Rice. It features Gómez-Peña’s performance texts and Rice’s relief prints and typography, accompanied by Jennifer González’s critical commentary. The deluxe edition is housed in a hi-tech aluminum case containing a video by Gustavo Vazquez, an altar, and a cabinet of curiosities. Opening the case triggers light and Zachary Watkins’ interactive sound art.

The object itself carries within it 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? 

“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

This timely interdisciplinary collaboration explores the politically provocative topic of documentation of identity in America from multiple perspectives, through the lens of the arts. “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