BRANDENBURG GATE: The American Hits
(An informal concert of song and political speech)
Mireya Lucio performs an episodic timeline of US presidential visits and foreign celebrity presence in Berlin, along with renditions of number-one Billboard Chart hits of the day. Fact and reenactment are juxtaposed with pop metaphor and speculation in an act of historical tourism that is part lecture, part political assembly, and part rock concert.
Mireya Lucio (b. 1981, Puerto Rico) is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in video and live performance. A trained actor, singer, and physical performer (BFA Tisch/NYU; Moscow Art Theatre; MFA Cal Arts), Lucio allows amateur and do-it-yourself aesthetics to disturb established modes of theatrical performance. Her work has taken the form of dinners, lectures, walking tours, videos, audio recordings, stage shows, game nights, and site-specific happenings. Often framed as social events where the spectator is implicated, the performances seek the local, the ordinary, and the personal within the U.S. historical canon. Lucio’s performance practice engages a multi-referential and horizontal research sharing process, drawing on historical documentation, literature, user-generated online platforms, macro/micro cultural phenomena, and personal experience, in order to create events that consider American mythologies. As a national of Puerto Rico, her position as a citizen-outsider provides a vantage point from which to map the narratives performed as American identity. Her work de-colonizes cultural content, subverting authoritative ways of accounting for truth. She often portrays "important historical men," an act of reverse appropriation which subjects these figures to crude pageantry, oscillating between craft/artifice and the authentic/real. Lucio’s artworks de-stabilize timelines and factual accounts through feminized, tangential, informal, and domestic filters.