Luk Kahlo & Coco Rico’s Speculative presidential campaign

November 7th, 2012

The US presidential election is in full swing and many people are thinking about electoral politics at this moment, and as I’m sure, many of you are frustrated with the always limited options for our agency as political citizens. So many of my friends and colleagues have asked me if Luk and I will be running for President this year -the truth is we have never stopped running, because ours is a campaign that traverses a speculative field of politics- our goal is not to make it to the ballot, but to ask all of us to imagine a world where voting for the lesser evil is never an option, because there’s so much more that needs to be resolved, because there’s so much suffering that no presidential candidate will ever want to confront. And so, we offer this short text and video, and the heartfelt wish to join us in making another type of political future possible.

No Mas Inflacion/No More Inflation_Luk Kahlo & Coco Rico Presidential Campaign

Excerpt from: If Luk were President, words by Coco Rico

“No Más Inflación,“ (No More Inflation) is a carnivalesque (anti) electoral campaign that responds directly to our current global economic crisis.  This intervention consisted in creating a platform where Luk Kahlo, my companion species toy poodle and I proposed ourselves as presidential candidates. Yet we do not seek state power. Rather our platform is aimed at developing a broader political discourse that utilizes and pokes fun at traditional electoral politics, it attempts to extend electoral imaginaries, while also positing the limitations of electoral agency. The first iteration of this performance was presented in Santiago, Chile, where we publically intervened “La Plaza de La Constitución” and where we delivered a speech in front of Chile’s presidential palace “La Moneda.” This work developed as a result of my becoming with Luk.  While most of my previous work has concentrated on exposing the gendered, racialized and class violence inflicted by late capitalism, these projects have tended to focus on human exploitation.  This campaign took inspiration from what I have learned from developing a serious relationship with Luk Kahlo. His love, his affection, his attention, his engagement are not only recreational practices, they are companion species labor.  Similarly, my attention to his needs, my decodification of his language, my reciprocal love are vital to not only his, but to our survival. Like the best of lovers we work at making our love work.  The site of this intervention was not random.  Chile’s political history has helped to spawn me.  To march down the Constitutional Plaza with Luk was to recall the constitution that Salvador Allende signed and defended in 1970, a constitution that was overturned and rewritten by military neoliberal storytellers.  As I re-read the haunting words and speeches issued by this visionary, I nonetheless realized that as much as Allende dreamed of an alternate human society, he nonetheless had not yet fully developed either a feminist or a multispecies consciousness. Such is the work I hope Luk and I contribute.
From my lips emerge the words, borrowed and pastiched, a recompilation of the demands issued in 1970, when Allende proposed the total re-structuring of the Chilean Banking system for what he believed would be the Chilean path towards democratic socialism.  Luk helps me to reconceptualize these words, and so we demand  political and economic responsibility for all the workers of the world: for the V. Fischeri bacteria that work to make moon lighting for the bobtail squid, for the Japanese zoobelia that helps to digest fish, for the chanterelle in the forest who feeds the stoner, for the plants that the vegan eats, for the kiltr@s on the streets, for the holy cows on the beach, for the mice in the labs, for the primates in the mines, in the factories, in the borderlands, While this project develops, my relationship with Luk transforms, we constantly discover new ways of communication, (even across the void), and suddenly it occurs to me that I have nonetheless assumed a hierarchy, that I have assumed that I will be president, and he my running mate. I look at his unwavering direct gaze, into eyes that reciprocate and analyze. I move to the floor and lie at his paws, he jumps on my face, and covers me with vectored saliva. I start to believe that this is his project, not mine… another kiss and I relinquish my candidacy to him, (a dangerous practice for any feminist), but only because I trust that if he was president, he’d do the same.”

Rinpoche Luk & Coco Rico @ dOCUMENTA(13)

June 29th, 2012

Dear Friends,

Rinpoche Luk and Coco Rico have been collaborating with Sin Kabeza Productions across the infinite void to produce a new series of works that explore (r)Evolutionary Consciousness!

If you visit dOCUMENTA(13) make sure to see our contribution to The Worldly House: An Archive Inspired by Donna Haraway’s Writings on Multispecies Co-Evolution!

If you are there in September, you might even see an apparition…

Luk Kahlo was (re) born in Mexico City in 2544 of the Buddhist calendar, 5119 in the Mayan Great Cycle. He claims to have lived and worked with Frida Kahlo in a past life. In 2003 he crossed the US-Mexico border and led a nomadic life between the US, Latin America and Europe. In 2009, he joined Coco Rico as a co-presidential  candidate in a transpecies anarchist platform that articulates the basis for a just society. Luk is remembered by his students as a rinpoche, a being of love. His teachings continue in a not so distant galaxy.

Coco Rico is a cyborg interventionist that trespasses across the tissue of space and time to promote feminist, anarchist, and multispecies approaches to consciousness. Her name embodies the cry of the rooster and its call for awakening. She is committed to the elaboration of alternate political imaginaries through speculative feminism and fiction. Since 2002 she has been running for president even though she doesn’t want to win. In 2008 her companion species toy poodle, Luk Kahlo, joined her as a co-presidential candidate. Their transpecies anarchist political platform seeks to develop a transpecies, transhistorical, transnational, transborder worlding that articulates the basis for a just society. Her most recent performances are inspired by naturalcultural rituals performed by indigenous healers and shamans throughout the universe.

Mix 24 Experimental Queer Film Festival

December 2nd, 2011

Coco Rico’s Portal of Queer Curiosities

Multimedia Installation and Performance

Nov.14-Nov.20

Slip inside Coco Rico’s queer portal and prepare to be transported to an alter universe where perversion and political agency converge with a big BANG. This multimedia installation features an environment constructed from prisms of color, light, and experimental video.Curiosities include Milky Coconuts, Pussy Caviar, and Transanimal Foreplay. The installation space will be activated throughout the Mix Festival by sporadic performances with Coco Rico and other queer visitors, including Nako Tako.

Check out the AMAZING tour of the portal by Transmedia reporter Randolfe Wicker!

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And look out for Jian Chen’s TRANSMEDIA SUBVERSIONS IN GLOBAL MEDIA NETWORKS,which included the XXX premiere of Aventuras Familiares and the interview/performance Q& A with Jian Chen, Yozmit, Cheto Castellano, and Coco Rico!, also recorded by Randolfe Wicker…

Recent Exhibitions and Appearances

December 2nd, 2011

OWS# Decolonize Wall Street

This is What Democracy Looks Like

Curated by Keith Miller

Gallatin Galleries, 1 Washington Place, NYC

If the Occupy Wall Street movement was initially criticized for being inchoate, it is because the protesters are speaking a language that is new and therefore not well understood. The generational shift at the heart of this burgeoning movement, seen in its vocabulary and medium, seems to be central to the way it is being misunderstood. As the autonomous and disparate OWS media efforts bypass mainstream channels again and again, whether they be print, Web or televised media, or corporate, police or government spokespeople, it is clear that this disparate group speaks in a vernacular that can only be understood as of the Internet age, and does so horizontally instead of the traditional print-based verticality of the past. While even new media sources try to report on the movement, the OWS media campaigns have shown that the challenge is to speak more clearly, more quickly and more broadly without regard to being understood in the old sense. Although the movement lacks what many critics say it must have (a single message, a leader, a platform, demands), its messages have gotten out clearly, spread widely and been discussed globally.

This is what democracy looks like considers this historical moment and the transformation of its communicative gestures from a twentieth to twenty-first century model of communication. In this exhibit, we ask, What exactly is the Occupy Wall Street movement? What is the language it speaks? And we look at the promise it offers in its ability to communicate in new ways and to open up new channels of democratic dialogue and participation.

– Keith Miller, Curator

Skin: A Multimedia Exhibition @ Kara Walker’s 6-8 Month Project Space

December 31st, 2010

Looking BackGuilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures

Phantasmagoria

Phantasmagoria

poltergeist

poltergeist

participatory aesthetics

Khane Kutzwell's Participatory Aesthetics

Durational Drawing by Cheto Castellano

Durational Drawing by Cheto Castellano

Jian Chen and Cheto Castellano in front of his Necropolitics Installation

Jian Chen and Cheto Castellano in front of his Necropolitics Installation

This was one of the most amazing exhibition experiences ever!

It was incredible to see how the boundaries of art and visual culture were blurred through our distinct practices, and it was an extremely welcoming crowd. The exhibition space included a video screening that was activated by diverse performances including my own live installation, Khane Kutzwell’s fly hair designs, and Cheto Castellano’s live tattooing.

I may never go back to Chelsea again!

Skin: A Multimedia Exhibition

Curated by: Jian Chen & Bronwynne Pereira

Artists:

Dineo Seshee Bopape

Cheto Castellano

Shelley Barry

Yi-Hsin Tzeng

Khane Kutzwell

Lynee Denis

Wu Tsang

SKIN is seamless, endless, connective, and porous. This multimedia exhibition explores the possibilities of rethinking media consumption as shared skin. The exhibition’s primary objective is to evoke and awaken visitors’ senses of taste, touch, and smell through our experience of onscreen images and performance. As we collectively digest images, or side-by-side embrace skin, so too do we create memories beyond the tangible experience of watching and feeling.

The exhibition also follows and tests the limits of the intuition that we increasingly perceive and experience the world around us in much the same way we interact with onscreen images. On the one hand, onscreen images may regiment our attention, our expectations of time, our desires; and on the other, they may push us to embrace the temporary, disappearing, and marginal.

The film/video and performance presented in SKIN feature the sexually, gender, and racially queer and marginalized. They play with the boundaries of images. They expose the limits of our vision and use visual surfaces to lure, address, and link with viewers. And they reshape and sometimes pierce through the visual surface to provoke new ways of feeling, connecting, and thinking through images.

Fitting with the vision of the 6-8 Months Project, SKIN is a collaboration that brings together artists, writers, performers, activists, and anybody interested in supporting creative programs, aimed at challenging racism, homophobia, and commercialism.

The 6-8 MONTHS PROJECT was created by Kara Walker, in conversation with Eungie Joo, as an alternative space for artists, writers, curators, and others interested in creative work that extends beyond the commercial spaces of galleries, museums, and publications. Walker opened her studio space to give artists of color a space to express their work and to collaborate across multiple disciplines and boundaries.

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Guilty Pleasures by Coco Rico @ Kara Walker’s 6-8 Months Project Space in Manhattan

October 30th, 2010

Curated by: Jian Chen & Bronwynne Pereira

(music spinning, drinks provided, donations welcome)

SKIN is seamless, endless, connective, and porous. This multimedia exhibition explores the possibilities of rethinking media consumption as shared skin. The exhibition’s primary objective is to evoke and awaken visitors’ senses of taste, touch, and smell through our experience of onscreen images and performance. As we collectively digest images, or side-by-side embrace skin, so too do we create memories beyond the tangible experience of watching and feeling.

The exhibition also follows and tests the limits of the intuition that we increasingly perceive and experience the world around us in much the same way we interact with onscreen images. On the one hand, onscreen images may regiment our attention, our expectations of time, our desires; and on the other, they may push us to embrace the temporary, disappearing, and marginal.

The film/video and performance presented in SKIN feature the sexually, gender, and racially queer and marginalized. They play with the boundaries of images. They expose the limits of our vision and use visual surfaces to lure, address, and link with viewers. And they reshape and sometimes pierce through the visual surface to provoke new ways of feeling, connecting, and thinking through images.

Fitting with the vision of the 6-8 Months Project, SKIN is a collaboration that brings together artists, writers, performers, activists, and anybody interested in supporting creative programs, aimed at challenging racism, homophobia, and commercialism.

The 6-8 MONTHS PROJECT was created by Kara Walker, in conversation with Eungie Joo, as an alternative space for artists, writers, curators, and others interested in creative work that extends beyond the commercial spaces of galleries, museums, and publications. Walker opened her studio space to give artists of color a space to express their work and to collaborate across multiple disciplines and boundaries.

El Cacazo

January 17th, 2010

La mierda asume el poder, se merece una buena bienvenida.

La mierda asume el poder, se merece una buena bienvenida.

ACCION POLITICA PARA DARLE LA BIENVENIDA A PIÑERA

(o cualquier otro candidato que ignora las demandas de los diversos pueblos y especies de nuestra comunidad global)

La mierda asume el poder.

Se merece una buena bienvenida.

Ingredientes:

desencanto político

amigos (ojala varios)

linaza

3 bolsas plásticas

Direcciones:

La noche antes de la inauguración del candidato elegido al poder, organízate con amigos, con tu comuna, con tu especie compañera, y trata de comer harta fibra. Sugiero ½ taza de linaza reposada en agua por 4 horas.

El próximo día cuando utilizes el inodoro, no te olvides de una bolsa plástica (sencilla o doble).

Empuja con todo tu enojo ciudadano. Guarda la bolsa en el congelador mientras te organizas con tus amigos y comunidad.


Visiten el palacio, los bancos, Falabella, Mercedes, McDonalds, etc.

Sean creativos con su materia prima. Usen una bolsa para lanzar.

MARICHIWEU!!!!!!

VOTE COCO RICO

chile huele mal: elección y acción

January 17th, 2010
chile huele mal

chile huele mal

Chile Huele Mal

Elección y Acción

un manifiesto de Coco Rico

Nos enfrentamos hoy a la segunda vuelta de las elecciones chilenas, una performance política que asombra tal vez por su repetición anodina.  Los candidatOs Frei y Piñera no nos sorprenden, tienen caras que reconocemos, caras que se repiten desde los tiempos coloniales, y tras ellos, hay entes no tan visibles que han trizado la esperanza por una politica y economía justa.  De que existen diferencias entre estos candidatos es indudable, pero hay una lógica reformista conservadora que ambos emanan, y que huele bastante mal.

Este olor putrefacto contamina

la ciudad,

las calles,

los bosques,

los campos,

los cementerios,

Se esconde en las minas,

y se extiende sobre el colon-cordillera,

penetra todos los rincones de este terreno llamado “chile”.

Para aquellos que tenemos olfato histórico

reconocemos este aroma bicentenario,

lo tenemos inscrito en nuestro ADN,

emana desde nuestros poros,

y por mas que tratamos no lo podemos esconder,

ni con desodorante,

ni con talco,

ni con perfume barato

o caro,

porque esta esencia no se desprende,

moribunda y fantasmática,

nos persigue,

nos defina.

Es un olor a cobre,

a tierra indígena,

ardiente y lacrimógeno,

ahumado como los cadáveres de lonquén,

podrido de lágrimas,

pasado a leche que nunca le llegó al pueblo,

dulce, salado y fétido como el semen de torturador,

es un olor hediondo a desencanto.

He eschuchado chilenos despreciar a los peruanos inmigrantes

diciendoles que huelen a ajo,

pero peor,

creo yo,

es esta pestilencia

colonialista,

machista,

racista,

conformista,

arribista,

capitalista,

chilena…

Hemos tenido hitos históricos donde la gente de este terreno ha intentado cambiar este olor,

Luchas que han tratado de llegar más allá de lo que las hegemonías políticas nos proponen.

Algunas de estas luchas han sido:

Los centenarios de resistencia del pueblo Mapuche,

los 14 días de Marmaduke Grove, o el deseo por establecer la república socialista de chile, a la fuerza

los 3 años de Allende, o el deseo por establecer una republica socialista de Chile, democráticamente

el 8 de enero de 1949, el día que se logró el sufragio de las mujeres

las variadas instancias de resistencia contra los 17 años de dictadura

la reforma al sistema de pensión del 15 de diciembre del 2006

la revolución pinguina, el 27 de abril hasta el 9 de junio ,  donde el poder juvenil se manifestó

y ahora, cada vez más, los importantes segundos anarquistas

momentos relámpagos de resistencia

que nos recuerdan,

que nos enfatizan

que nuestro sistema político no ha logrado lo suficiente,

y que aciertan que debemos buscar otra alternativa.

Dentro de estos(pocos) momentos citados existen grandes diferencias. Cito estas diversas situaciones porque creo que todas han tratado de reformular lo que significa la participación y la reforma política.

También debemos aprender de nuestros vecinos del Sur; en Argentina y en Bolivia, el desencanto del pueblo ha sido lo que ha causado cambios directos a las estructuras del poder.   Los cuerpos en la calle de estos ciudadanos han exigido cambios gubernamentales. A través de protesta duracional, lograron la renuncia de sus presidentes, y superaron las normas de los sistemas ejecutivos, legales y jurídicos.  Aunque estos ejemplos aun siguen dentro del sistema político democrático, nos han enseñado que SI es posible cambiar la forma de hacer política, que no tenemos que esperar a nuestros “representantes” para exigir cambios inmediatos.

La campaña Coco Rico es una campaña anarquista.

No se pretende ganar la presidencia, ni ningún puesto de gobierno, ni de chile, ni de ningún país.

La campaña de Coco Rico es una acción de arte y política.

Este frente expresa resistencia contra la participación política basada en la plataforma pasiva de la democracia, la cual propone la votación como el acto primordial de un ciudadano.

En el marco de las elecciones chilenas de hoy, cabe citar lo siguiente:

“Dadas las características de esta elección, en que hay un electorado grande, significativo, 26% de personas que votaron por otras candidaturas progresistas. Y que en la segunda vuelta estos votantes terminen votando nulo termina favoreciendo a Piñera, al final van a ser esos votantes los que decidan estas elecciones”, finalizó Tohá. (La Nación, 17 de enero, 2010)

Al contrario de Tohá, y de la retórica política tradicional, la campaña Coco Rico alega que si este 26% vota nulo, ese voto también es representativo de la falla de la izquierda chilena, el partido de la Concertación, y de las promesas incumplidas que se han ido aumentando desde el cambio de poder en el 1990.  Si gana Piñera o Frei, igual lo veo como un momento bastante oscuro en la historia electoral chilena.

Como muchas campañas anarquistas previas, propongo el voto de Coco Rico, como un voto nulo, simbólicamente cargado con el desencanto al sistema político actual.  Propongo el voto nulo como un voto mas significativo que el que se puede hacer por cualquier candidato que es el “menos mal.” Al codificar este voto nulo con la plataforma política de Coco Rico, trato de establecer un frente común.  Si alguien llegara a votar Coco Rico dentro de esta u otra elección, significaría que apoyan una, o muchas, de las siguientes bases.

La plataforma Coco Rico estima que no hay ningún candidato (singular) que pueda lograr los cambios necesarios para un horizonte político, social, económico, amplio y alternativo.

Aunque la historia humana nos ha demostrado que tan fundamental ha sido la lucha por el sufragio, y el voto  hacia ciertos candidatos, también sabemos que el voto ha sido una mecánica opresiva para grupos marginados.

Además, el sistema democrático y el programa de votación tienden a promover un estado nacional.

La plataforma Coco Rico estima que la construcción nacional es anacrónica y antagónica a las realidades globales actuales. De la misma forma, rechazamos los poderes multi-nacionales, y trans-nacionales, y sus políticas y economías neocolonialistas.  Parte de nuestra resistencia al sistema democrático moderno es su retórica del progreso, lo cual refutamos completamente.  El discurso del desarrollo y del progreso fue lo que impulsó la colonización  de este terreno, el exterminio de pueblos y especies originarios.

Recordamos que la retórica del progreso y del desarrollo fue una herramienta discursiva de la dictadura chilena,  manifestado a través de un proyecto económico experimental respaldado por los estados unidos, y esparcido sistemáticamente a nivel global, con consecuencias fatales que se siguen sintiendo hoy.  El caso de Haiti por ejemplo, y los cambios climáticos causados por este tal “desarrollo” del primer mundo es indicativo del genocidio causado por la ideología del progreso.

El votar por un candidato está ligado a una cadena jerárquica, donde la política se enmarca como un proceso netamente humano, pero somos la minoría de seres vivos en este planeta.

La campaña Coco Rico propone una consciencia trans-especie, donde las políticas articuladas dentro del reino humano tienen que considerar todos los seres vivos.

Consideramos que la única forma de combatir este olor putrefacto que en este momento ocupa el reino de poder, no tan solo en chile, sino también a nivel mundial, es a través de la amplificación de la consciencia y de la acción directa.

Frente la probable victoria de Piñera, propongo la siguiente acción.

EL CACAZO: ACCION POLITICA PARA LA BIENVENIDA DE PIÑERA

(o cualquier otro candidato que ignora las demandas de los diversos pueblos y especies de nuestra comunidad global)

La mierda asume el poder.

Se merece una buena bienvenida.

Ingredientes:

desencanto político

amigos (ojala varios)

linaza

3 bolsas plásticas

Direcciones:

La noche antes de la inauguración del candidato elegido al poder, organízate con amigos, con tu comuna, con tu especie compañera, y trata de comer harta fibra. Sugiero ½ taza de linaza reposada en agua por 4 horas.

El próximo día cuando usas el inodoro, no te olvides de una bolsa plástica (sencilla o doble).

Empuja con todo tu enojo ciudadano. Guarda la bolsa en el congelador mientras te organizas con tus amigos y comunidad.

Visiten el palacio, los bancos, falabella, mercedes, mcdonalds, especialmente LAN.

Sean creativos con su materia prima. Usen una bolsa para lanzar, ojalá directo al candidato.

Que este sea el primer paso, hasta que Piñera se vaya, en su avionsito, a la chucha.

MARICHIWEU!!!

VOTE COCO RICO

Rememering Art Farm’s Pigs

November 19th, 2009
Pig Love

Pig Love

Between 2004 and 2005 my colleague and friend  Cheto Castellano invited me to observe his participation on Wim Delvoye’s Art Farm project, where live pigs were tattooed. The project was supposed to save the pigs from the slaughterhouse by transforming them into “art.” Tragically, the ethical and aesthetic proposal of the project changed drastically at the end of the year when Wim Delvoye, Inc. decided to slaughter many of the pigs in order to sell them on the art market and exhibit them worldwide.  In June of 2005, before the pigs were harvested, I got a chance to play with them, and got down and dirty.  Our modest bestiality was a joyous occasion of trans-animal passion and play.

Cheto’s new experimental documentary and trailer, My Art Farm Diary, highlights behind the scenes footage which emphasizes the social life of Art Farm and focuses on the relationships built amongst the workers and the pigs. In support of his critical activism and in the hopes of finding more allies across species, I am posting my video with the pigs for a limited time on youtube: Coco Rico’s Art Farm Intervention.

Coco Rico’s Art Farm Intervention was selected by Extreme Narcissist to appear in Turn *On, an event organized by the Artivistic Collective in Montreal, and which explores alternative approaches to sexuality, activism and pleasure.

And for those of you who LOVE Coco’s distinctive approach to porn, make sure to vote for her symbiotic trans-species love making on XVideos and PornoNY!

As of January 1 2011 Coco Rico has

5,932 hits on XVideos

379,380 clicks on PornoNY

Manifest your cyborg porn citizenship, Vote Coco Rico!

In memory of Art Farm’s pigs…

Check here for constant updates…

PINTACANES 2009

November 19th, 2009

Look for my new article in Pintacanes 2009, “If My Dog Were President”

Busquen mi nuevo artículo en el catálogo de Pintacanes: “Si Mi Perro Fuese Presidente”