Luis Mejico
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CONDITION

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR NEW WORK

DEADLINE: AUGUST 15th, 2014 

This is a call for submissions for a new work entitled Condition. Beginning September 2014, I will be living on my own for the first time. Having always lived dependently on a system or structure (primarily that laid out by my parents), this first step toward independence is a large transition. I want to honor this shift by challenging my levels of independence and ultimately calling into question my own reliance on a structure that has been set out for me. My living conditions have, for the entirety of my life, been determined primarily by an outside force. It has been these pre-determined structures that have given me guidelines that I am to follow. This project’s goal is to, once again, surrender my autonomy and see how I function under the control of another system yet again.

I am asking for submissions that act as guidelines for how I am to live, and how long I am to follow these guidelines for. From the received submissions, I will select up to 10 and live in said conditions for a maximum total of 10 months (the amount of time I will be living on my own in the dorms). Now that I am removed from my original family structure, this piece is an exploration of my dependency on an outside force’s ability to determine my living conditions.

I will be living in downtown Chicago in one of the rooms of SAIC. My room will open into a kitchen area that includes a fridge, a stovetop, a sink, 4 mounted cabinets, and 4 kitchen cabinets. The bathroom includes a bathtub, shower, toilet, sink, mirror (with cabinets), and cabinets beneath the sink. The loft (placed above the bathroom) includes a twin sized bed. The living room is located past this area and is completely bare (save for 2 closets and windows). The living room is approximately 12 feet by 12 feet.

Submissions of any and all kind are accepted, from anyone and everyone. Below is a general list of living conditions that can be considered when thinking of a submission. HOWEVER, please feel free to send in your submission anyway you like; these prompts are NOT meant to act as a form. Furthermore, when sending in a submission, you do not have to fill out every section. Just fill out the sections you see fit/applicable. The only requirement is that you also list how long I should live like this.

SUBMISSION FOR CONDITION: BASIC PROMPTS

Length (1 day, 2 weeks, 3 hours, etc)

Dietary Guidelines (eat only junk food, become a vegetarian, drink only purified/tap water, eat only meat, eat everything but sweets, snack on a favorite candy as often as possible, eat only using chopsticks, say grace before all meals, never eat in front of people, only eat in front of others, etc)

Eating/drinking Schedule Guidelines (eat 6 times a day, drink water 4 times a day, drink at every 45 minute interval of time, etc)

Clothing Guidelines (wear clothing only of a certain color, wear only clothing you find, make all the clothing you wear, wear as much clothing as possible each day, only wear one outfit, etc)

Sleeping Schedule Guidelines (sleep 9 hours a night, sleep in 20 minute intervals, only sleep on the floor, only sleep in your bathroom, etc)

Cleaning/Cleanliness Guidelines (Make your bed every morning, shower for only 50 seconds, wash your clothing by hand, save your fingernail trimmings, etc)

Social Interaction Guidelines (Avoid all contact with people, greet everyone you see by first and last name, speak only in a hushed whisper, etc)

Habits Guidelines (i.e. pick up knitting, play video games, etc)

Other/Miscellaneous Guidelines (cover your room in bubble wrap, say a prayer every time you walk in/out of the room, move only by crawling in the room, save all soap box containers you use throughout a period of time, tweet anytime you hear the floor creak, live-vlog everything you do, etc)

All selected submissions will be documented via photography, video, and audio recordings, and will be posted on conditionproject.tumblr.com, as well as luismejico.tumblr.com. Send all submissions to luismejico.conditionproject@gmail.com.

DISCLAIMER: I will NOT perform any activity in the dorm that goes against the housing policy at SAIC; there will be no alcohol, open flames, drugs, use of weapons, etc. Not only does this add another layer of restriction to the work (by acting as a secondary outside force), but also functions as a safety precaution. As the artist, I also retain the right to alter a submission slightly in some way, as long as I specifically state WHY I am choosing to alter the submission. 

Luis Mejico

STILL ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS - DEADLINE EXTENDED

A Hollow. 2014. Performance. 

Performed at the Oak Park Art League on June 13th, 2014, A Hollow is is a durational performance piece by that explores the function of memory, funerary practices, monuments to the deceased, and the purpose of objects of commemoration. The work is a procession inspired by human attempts at memorializing the deceased. Born out of in-depth research into modes of grieving, processes of handling a body, and the folkloric and mythological histories of certain materials, A Hollow seeks to highlight the use and purpose of objects of commemoration and their relationship to the human body, deceased or otherwise.

Luis Mejico.

More pictures here (photos by Liliana Alfaro)

A Hollow. 2014. Performance. 

Performed at the Oak Park Art League on June 13th, 2014, A Hollow is is a durational performance piece by that explores the function of memory, funerary practices, monuments to the deceased, and the purpose of objects of commemoration. The work is a procession inspired by human attempts at memorializing the deceased. Born out of in-depth research into modes of grieving, processes of handling a body, and the folkloric and mythological histories of certain materials, A Hollow seeks to highlight the use and purpose of objects of commemoration and their relationship to the human body, deceased or otherwise.

Luis Mejico.

More pictures here (photos by Liliana Alfaro)

Performance Art: For You: Perfect Fifths

PRESS -

"For You: Perfect Fifths" of the For Me / For You Project has been featured in Quail Bell Magazine’s online edition! Click to find out a little more about the process of generating this piece, which I recently performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art! 

Papí

Nineteen, driving down 17, cruising

Track two, Teen Dream, stereo booming

Sipping Horchata, head out the window,

Tunes to remind of the undergrad’s lingo

 

Drown out the alma, babe, what’s the matter

Always the bachelor and never the master

Mix with the wrong crowd, dance to the right sounds

Left for the first, but right to the breakdown

 

Flagged down and flagging, cruisin’ for bruises,

Macho and speaking in tongues for the muses

Look at her dancing to mixtapes on 8 tracks

You’re just a man and who could resist that

 

Go on and give her your letterman’s jacket,

Too cool to comfort, backseat and blankets

Songs para siempre, songs for forever

But men are all boys, not poetic endeavors

 

Nineteen now, I’ve grown just a little

Tried to the fullest, given the committal

Buried in cassettes, crime for a cheap thrill

Dorms for the hombres who couldn’t sit still

For You: Eschar2014. Performance.

Performed as part of Suite III of the For Me / For You project at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on May 17th, 2014.

Photos by Adam Mansour and Henry Jordan.

More images here.

Luis Mejico.

For You: Fief2014. Performance.

Performed as part of Suite III of the For Me / For You project at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on May 17th, 2014.

Photos by Adam Mansour and Henry Jordan.

More images here.

Luis Mejico.

For You: Perfect Fifths2014. Performance.

Performed as part of Suite III of the For Me / For You project at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on May 17th, 2014.

Photos by Adam Mansour and Henry Jordan.

More images here.

Luis Mejico.

For You: Eschar. 2014. Performance.

Performed as part of Suite III of the For Me / For You project at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on May 17th, 2014.

Photos by Adam Mansour and Henry Jordan.

More images here.

Luis Mejico.

For You: Fief2014. Performance.

Performed as part of Suite III of the For Me / For You project at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on May 17th, 2014.

Photos by Adam Mansour and Henry Jordan.

More images here.

Luis Mejico.

For Me: Kat A2014. Performance.

Performed as part of Suite III of the For Me / For You project at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on May 17th, 2014.

Photos by Adam Mansour and Henry Jordan.

More images here.

Luis Mejico.

For Me: Kat A2014. Performance.

Performed as part of Suite III of the For Me / For You project at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on May 17th, 2014.

Photos by Adam Mansour and Henry Jordan.

More images here.

Luis Mejico.

For You: Perfect Fifths2014. Performance.

Performed as part of Suite III of the For Me / For You project at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on May 17th, 2014.

Photos by Adam Mansour and Henry Jordan.

More images here.

Luis Mejico.