Assistant Professor Mariana Wardwell (aka Botey) Featured in
South of the Border with Nick Zedd

19-20 April 2013

Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue (at 2nd St.), New York, NY 10003

Program 1
April 19th, 7:30PM
Mariana Botey
THE PASSAGE OF A FEW (1999, 17 min, video)
EL DEDAL DE ROSAS (1998, 13 min, video)
YAHAUHQUI TEZCATLIPOCA #9 (1999, 7 min, video)
ENCICLOPEDIA DE MEXICO (1996, 7 min, video)

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Film Notes
Cinema of Transgression founder and downtown NYC fixture Nick Zedd recently relocated to Mexico City, where he has immersed himself in a whole new realm of underground culture. This spring he visits Anthology to present two programs of standout videos from his adopted homeland. Eclectic as this work is, most of it reflects Nick’s take-no-prisoners sensibility – unbridled, uncompromising, confrontational, and committed to uncensored self-expression.

“When I moved to Mexico, I was curious to see what kind of personal filmmaking existed there. Having experienced in New York the effects of a dominant culture and the way it systematically erases authentic voices of dissent and individual self-expression through class war and propaganda, I hoped to discover unfamiliar films that might be defined as underground in Mexico City (an environment less affected by the malignant effects of the Simulation that now engulfs much of Western society.)

Mexico seems to exist in another dimension, contained in a time-warp operating in a parallel universe to the one I spent most of my life being mutated by in New York. It’s a slacker culture less defined by the pressures of predatory capitalism, with a reverence for death and a mythos exalting it. Simultaneously there is an odd resistance to change among otherwise educated people, an aversion to things that are different which I find baffling. The same compulsion to conform is evident in most human behavior, conditioned by economic factors and accepted norms in every place that I’ve lived. A key to escaping the science of mind control can be found in experiencing the visions contained in this peculiar substrata of films.

In Nicolayevsky’s portraits of friends, shot in NYC in the eighties, I recognize Mexicans (and one New Yorker) who I’ve met in recent years. In these portraits they are seen before the corrosive effects of age and debauchery have taken their toll, ghosts of an earlier era. With the films of Botey and Razo, sister and brother, I sense a hermetic path with indigenous signposts of discontent; a critique of the modern spectacle expressed through exhibitionism, at other times through detournement, a method of subversion employed by the situationists. An unhinged desire to shock can be found in Segura’s films, while a healthy appreciation of female sensuality is embraced in Dr Fanatik’s experimental dreamscapes. Finally, Teresa Margolles’s documentation of the cleansing of a dead baby confronts an activity both mundane and exotic, as the dichotomy between life and death is manifested. Cultural anthropology is my mission here, to expose you to artifacts both similar and different from a time and place both alien and familiar as seen through Mexican eyes.” –Nick Zedd


PROGRAM 1: Ricardo Nicolayevsky, Mariana Botey, Vicente Razo


Total running time: ca. 105 min.