1. Past Segment of Dimension of IS (2006)

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    Dimension of IS Past Segment Video assemblage/editing, and sound design/engineering by Elise Baldwin, featuring voiceover by Heather Cox Carducci and Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa. Additional footage of images by Eliza Barrios. The past segment incorporates archival footage from various world’s fairs that took place in the U.S. during the late 19th century and early 20th century as well as images from The Book of the Fair: St. Louis 1904 by Marshall Everett. Dimension of IS was partly inspired by the history of world’s fairs throughout Europe and the U.S. which countless historians and cultural theorists have interpreted as being explicitly racist and imperialist in their display of non-western people as “specimens.” The piece is also inspired by information from the documentary, Arsenal of Hypocrisy which we heard about when listening to KPFA’s Morning Show about the militarization of space, and the Pentagon’s newly developed space weapons, the Rods from God (check out kpfa.org, 5/10/05 Morning Show archive). The documentary features Bruce Gagnon who eloquently discusses the origins of the U.S. Space Program as an extension of U.S. imperialism beyond earth. During World War II, slaves--Jews, homosexuals, and French resistance fighters--were brought to a concentration camp called Dora to develop rocket technology under the direction of Dr. Wernher Von Braun. The technological “genius” of the Nazis was later capitalized on by the U.S. Government. In “Operation Paper Clip,” 1500 Nazi Scientists were never tried at Nuremberg, but instead were smuggled into the U.S. to help develop NASA & the U.S. Space Program. For more information on the U.S. Space Program, check out ArsenalofHypocrisy.com or space4peace.org. For a comprehensive review of the history of world’s fairs in the U.S., check out Robert Rydell’s All the World’s a Fair (U of Chicago Press, 1984).

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    • Present-Future Segment of Dimension of IS (2006)

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      Dimension of IS Present-Future Segment Quadrennial Defense Review published by the U.S. Department of Defense (September, 2001) and delivered by Sister Kitty, performing as the Intergalactic News Broadcaster. Newsflash piece (Video text and edits): Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa & Heather Carducci Sally Struthers (Newscaster): Heather Carducci Testimonial 1: Gigi Testimonial 2: Loida Valentin & Marie Luna Sound Effects on KROD Intro: Kendall Li Additional images on video: Sheila Malone, Tastemedia.net Dimension of IS was partly inspired by the history of world’s fairs throughout Europe and the U.S. which countless historians and cultural theorists have interpreted as being explicitly racist and imperialist in their display of non-western people as “specimens.” The piece is also inspired by information from the documentary, Arsenal of Hypocrisy which we heard about when listening to KPFA’s Morning Show about the militarization of space, and the Pentagon’s newly developed space weapons, the Rods from God (check out kpfa.org, 5/10/05 Morning Show archive). The documentary features Bruce Gagnon who eloquently discusses the origins of the U.S. Space Program as an extension of U.S. imperialism beyond earth. During World War II, slaves--Jews, homosexuals, and French resistance fighters--were brought to a concentration camp called Dora to develop rocket technology under the direction of Dr. Wernher Von Braun. The technological “genius” of the Nazis was later capitalized on by the U.S. Government. In “Operation Paper Clip,” 1500 Nazi Scientists were never tried at Nuremberg, but instead were smuggled into the U.S. to help develop NASA & the U.S. Space Program. For more information on the U.S. Space Program, check out ArsenalofHypocrisy.com or space4peace.org. For a comprehensive review of the history of world’s fairs in the U.S., check out Robert Rydell’s All the World’s a Fair (U of Chicago Press, 1984).

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      • Live Performance Footage from Dimension of IS (2006)

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        The footage from this clip is from the world premiere of the video / performance which occurred as part of Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa and Heather Carducci'’s residency at The Lab in San Francisco's Mission District (June, 2006). Live Performers ("aliens"): Robylian: Heather Carducci Reptizoid: emael Rolo: Gigi On-screen Characters: Legions Maximus (the Global CEO): Al Lujan General Ana Conda (a Pentagon official): S. Trotter Dr. Riefenstahl Von Braun (a Scientist & Nazi Descendant): Gary Gregerson Dyke on Space Bike 1: Jenifer K. Wofford Dyke on Space Bike 2: Eliza Barrios NASA Astronaut: Gigi NASA Pilot: Heather Script Writers/Editors: Valentin Aguirre, Heather and Gigi Director of Photography/Editor: Eliza Barrios Sound Design/Engineering: Kendall Li Lighting Design: Alan Chun Production Assistant: Marc Fong Stylist (on screen characters): Skeeter Barker Costumes (on screen characters): courtesy of Mr. S Leather Nasa Astronaut Costume: courtesy of Mundi Morgado Costume Designer (live performers): Marilyn Yu of Plutonium Clothing Rolo Costume/Prop Builder: Ingrid Lagos Makeup Consultant (Live Performers / "aliens"): Sister Kitty Moving graphics: Tony Otalvaro (Tastemedia.net) Archival footage and other clips from Arsenal of Hypocricy by AOH Productions (see additional notes below) Additional artwork: Mandy Greer and Tara Tucker Additional footage from Love Parade 2005, Folsom Street Fair 2005, Castro Street Fair 2005, and SF War Protest (September 2005)Dimension of IS was partly inspired by the history of world’s fairs throughout Europe and the U.S. which countless historians and cultural theorists have interpreted as being explicitly racist and imperialist in their display of non-western people as “specimens.” The piece is also inspired by information from the documentary, Arsenal of Hypocrisy which we heard about when listening to KPFA’s Morning Show about the militarization of space, and the Pentagon’s newly developed space weapons, the Rods from God (check out kpfa.org, 5/10/05 Morning Show archive). The documentary features Bruce Gagnon who eloquently discusses the origins of the U.S. Space Program as an extension of U.S. imperialism beyond earth. During World War II, slaves--Jews, homosexuals, and French resistance fighters--were brought to a concentration camp called Dora to develop rocket technology under the direction of Dr. Wernher Von Braun. The technological “genius” of the Nazis was later capitalized on by the U.S. Government. In “Operation Paper Clip,” 1500 Nazi Scientists were never tried at Nuremberg, but instead were smuggled into the U.S. to help develop NASA & the U.S. Space Program. For more information on the U.S. Space Program, check out ArsenalofHypocrisy.com or space4peace.org. For a comprehensive review of the history of world’s fairs in the U.S., check out Robert Rydell’s All the World’s a Fair (U of Chicago Press, 1984).

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        • Trailer of MUVE Group Show (2004)

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          In June 2004, Devil Bunny along with artistic collaborator SpaceSuperStar's Owner Heather Cox Carducci premiered a movement and sound based performance piece incorporating fitness props as metaphors to address empowerment at the level of love, physicality, spirituality, and creativity. This performance was part of a larger evening featuring video, sound, fashion and performance based work by queer, API, mixed race, and Latina female artists. M.U.V.E. (Movement Uninhibited Violating Everything) was curated and organized by Gigi and Heather, and produced by (a)eromestiza (the organization for which Gigi serves as Artistic Director), the United States of Asian America, the National Queer Arts Festival, and the Queer Latino/a Artists Coalition(QueLACo), with funding from the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation, and the Horizons Foundation. Other participating artists included Eliza Barrios, Melissa Dougherty, Ixta Lagos, emael, Jenifer Wofford; Fashion by Marilyn Yu and Jenny Hacker. In 2004 and 2005, Gigi and Heather went on to perform excerpts from their performance at M.U.V.E. at El Museo del Barrio (New York, NY), The L-Fest (Portland, OR) and El Museo del Chopo (Mexico City).

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          • Trailer of MUVE (Movement Uninhibited Violating Everything, 2004)

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            M.U.V.E., 2004In June 2004, Devil Bunny along with artistic collaborator SpaceSuperStar's Owner Heather Cox Carducci premiered a movement and sound based performance piece incorporating fitness props as metaphors to address empowerment at the level of love, physicality, spirituality, and creativity. This performance was part of a larger evening featuring video, sound, fashion and performance based work by queer, API, mixed race, and Latina female artists. M.U.V.E. (Movement Uninhibited Violating Everything) was curated and organized by Gigi and Heather, and produced by (a)eromestiza (the organization for which Gigi serves as Artistic Director), the United States of Asian America, the National Queer Arts Festival, and the Queer Latino/a Artists Coalition(QueLACo), with funding from the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation, and the Horizons Foundation. Other participating artists included Eliza Barrios, Melissa Dougherty, Ixta Lagos, emael, Jenifer Wofford; Fashion by Marilyn Yu and Jenny Hacker. In 2004 and 2005, Gigi and Heather went on to perform excerpts from their performance at M.U.V.E. at El Museo del Barrio (New York, NY), The L-Fest (Portland, OR) and El Museo del Chopo (Mexico City).

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            • Resistance (excerpt from MUVE, 2004)

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              Using exercise resistance bands, Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa and Heather Cox interpret tension and release within communication of ideas and emotion. Features original choreography and voiceover by the duo, as well as original sound score by Melissa Dougherty.In June 2004, Devil Bunny along with artistic collaborator SpaceSuperStar's Owner Heather Cox Carducci premiered a movement and sound based performance piece incorporating fitness props as metaphors to address empowerment at the level of love, physicality, spirituality, and creativity. This performance was part of a larger evening featuring video, sound, fashion and performance based work by queer, API, mixed race, and Latina female artists. M.U.V.E. (Movement Uninhibited Violating Everything) was curated and organized by Gigi and Heather, and produced by (a)eromestiza (the organization for which Gigi serves as Artistic Director), the United States of Asian America, the National Queer Arts Festival, and the Queer Latino/a Artists Coalition(QueLACo), with funding from the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation, and the Horizons Foundation. Other participating artists included Eliza Barrios, Melissa Dougherty, Ixta Lagos, emael, Jenifer Wofford; Fashion by Marilyn Yu and Jenny Hacker. In 2004 and 2005, Gigi and Heather went on to perform excerpts from their performance at M.U.V.E. at El Museo del Barrio (New York, NY), The L-Fest (Portland, OR) and El Museo del Chopo (Mexico City).

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              • Octopuss Martini Hut (excerpt from MUVE, 2004)

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                The Octopuss Martini Hut (excerpt from MUVE, 2004) is an extraterrestrial love story about Space Monkey and Petit Prince, performed by Gigi Otalvaro Hormillosa and Heather Cox Carducci, with original sound score by Melissa Dougherty.MUVE (movement uninhibited violating everything) premiered in 2004 at SOMARTS in San Francisco. MUVE is a movement and sound based performance piece incorporating fitness props as metaphors to address empowerment at the level of love, physicality, spirituality, and creativity. This performance was part of a larger evening featuring video, sound, fashion and performance based work by queer, API, mixed race, and Latina female artists. M.U.V.E. (Movement Uninhibited Violating Everything) was curated and organized by Gigi and Heather, and produced by (a)eromestiza (the organization for which Gigi serves as Artistic Director), the United States of Asian America, the National Queer Arts Festival, and the Queer Latino/a Artists Coalition(QueLACo), with funding from the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation, and the Horizons Foundation. Other participating artists included Eliza Barrios, Melissa Dougherty, Ixta Lagos, emael, Jenifer Wofford; Fashion by Marilyn Yu and Jenny Hacker. In 2004 and 2005, Gigi and Heather went on to perform excerpts from their performance at M.U.V.E. at El Museo del Barrio (New York, NY), The L-Fest (Portland, OR) and El Museo del Chopo (Mexico City).

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                • Trailer of Cosmic Blood (2002)

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                  This hybridized video performance piece explores the concept of "mestizaje," the Spanish term used to describe the race mixture of Spanish and indigenous blood as a result of colonialism, from a perspective informed by history, contemporary culture and racial formation and creative, spiritual speculation about the future. Otalvaro-Hormillosa weaves video, sound and performance to illustrate the contradictory aspects of "mestizaje" in which the genocide and rape of one race led to the painful creation of a new race. By redefining mestizaje to incorporate mixed race and queer identities which take on countless forms as in the case of multicultural San Francisco, Otalvaro-Hormillosa paints a picture of the revolutionary potential for such subversive, yet fluid identities to dismantle the binaries created by colonial constructs relating to race and gender. Theories of contact between ancient civilizations and extraterrestrials influence Otalvaro's artistic vision of a cosmic "mestizaje" in which the impending transformation of the world as we know it may lead to possibilities for the creation of a new existence and way of being. Collaborating artists include Lorraine Bautista, Chris Hill, Stuart Port, Heather Cox, Bill Sievert, May Ling Su, S. Trotter, Allyn Nobles, e-mael, Veronica Majano, Carmen Reginato, and Leticia Hernandez.

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                  • Bliss, Devotion and the Cosmic Mestiza (excerpt from Cosmic Blood, 2002)

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                    This video clip of the Cosmic Mestiza, a character from Cosmic Blood, is from the Pocha Nostra's 10th Anniversary Performance Fiesta. Devil Bunny Collaborated with artists such as Guillermo Gomez Pena, Michelle Ceballos, Guillermo Galindo, emael and Juan Ybarra (among others) during a performance workshop which culminated in the Performance Fiesta that took place at Balazo Gallery in San Francisco, in spring of 2002.Cosmic Blood was a video performance piece exploring the concept of "mestizaje," the Spanish term used to describe the race mixture of Spanish and indigenous blood as a result of colonialism, from a perspective informed by history, contemporary culture and racial formation and creative, spiritual speculation about the future. Otalvaro-Hormillosa wove video, sound and performance to illustrate the contradictory aspects of "mestizaje" in which the genocide and rape of one race led to the painful creation of a new race. By redefining mestizaje to incorporate mixed race and queer identities which take on countless forms as in the case of multicultural San Francisco, Otalvaro-Hormillosa paints a picture of the revolutionary potential for such subversive, yet fluid identities to dismantle the binaries created by colonial constructs relating to race and gender. Theories of contact between ancient civilizations and extraterrestrials influence Otalvaro's artistic vision of a cosmic "mestizaje" in which the impending transformation of the world as we know it may lead to possibilities for the creation of a new existence and way of being. Collaborating artists include Lorraine Bautista, Chris Hill, Stuart Port, Heather Cox, Bill Sievert, May Ling Su, S. Trotter, Allyn Nobles, e-mael, Veronica Majano, Carmen Reginato, and Leticia Hernandez.

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                    • Inverted Minstrel (2001)

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                      In this interdisciplinary video/performance piece, Otalvaro-Hormillosa takes on a multifaceted character who embodies the vato/playmate, the deconstructed lesbian who "lacks," the queer savage, and the inverted minstrel who inverts the concept of "minstrelsy" in terms of race, gender and sexuality. Using the politics of hip hop in queer communities of color, she questions the extent to which Asian, Latino/a, mixed race, and other non-white/non-black cultures of resistance assimilate into and appropriate both white and black dominant cultural practices of representation. The performance raises questions around issues of cultural appropriation, inversions of hierarchy, black/white sexual supremacist ideals, relational patriarchies, racial formation in the U.S. and the way in which U.S. pop cultural imperialism influences racial constructs around the world. This piece was performed throughout the United States. The video version of the piece has been presented nationally and internationally.

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