Luis Mejico
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The Condition Project
Artist’s Statement + Submission Details
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For Me / For You: Suite V. 2014. Performed at Things are Better in Space on July 19th, 2014, as part of the For Me / For You project.

Suite V was completed with the support of other performers; for the first time, I invited others to help me perform my works. This allowed me to curate a show of my works during which several pieces are taking place at once, and to produce the project’s first non-one-person performance, For Me: Shajaira L.

Suite V:

For You: To Drown a Dying Bird   (Images here)

For You: The Cord   (Images here)

For Me: Brenda P   (Images here)

For You: Seven Minutes in Heaven (not pictured)

For Me: Alex K (not pictured)

For You: Totem (Images here)

For You: Perfect Fifths   (Images here)

For You: Eschar   (Images here)

For Me: Shajaira L   (Images here)

Photos by Shala Miller.

Performances by Luis Mejico, with support from Jerico Domingo, Lorén Ibach, Carlos Piñon, and Kat Tae.

Luis Mejico.

For You: Eschar. 2014. Performance. 

Performed as part of Suite V of the For Me / For You project at Things are Better in Space on July 19th, 2014. 

Photos by Shala Miller.

Luis Mejico.

For Me: Brenda P. 2014. Performance. 

Performed as part of Suite V of the For Me / For You project at Things are Better in Space on July 19th, 2014. 

Photos by Shala Miller.

Luis Mejico.

For Me: Shajaira L. 2014. Performance. 

Performed as part of Suite V of the For Me / For You project at Things are Better in Space on July 19th, 2014.  

Photos by Shala Miller.

Luis Mejico.

For You: Totem. 2014. Performance. 

Performed as part of Suite V of the For Me / For You project at Things are Better in Space on July 19th, 2014.  

Photos by Shala Miller.

Luis Mejico.

For You: The Cord. 2014. Performance. 

Performed as part of Suite V of the For Me / For You project at Things are Better in Space on July 19th, 2014. 

Photos by Shala Miller.

Luis Mejico.

For You: To Drown a Dying Bird. 2014. Performance. 

Performed as part of Suite V of the For Me / For You project at Things are Better in Space on July 19th, 2014. 

Photos by Shala Miller.

Luis Mejico.

For You: Perfect Fifths. 2014. Performance. 

Performed as part of Suite V of the For Me / For You project at Things are Better in Space on July 19th, 2014.  

Photos by Shala Miller.

Luis Mejico.

For Me / For You: Suite IV. Performance / ephemera. 2014.

Suite IV was included in Water Street Studios’ Process exhibition, and will be on display from July 11th, 2014 - September 14th, 2014. It is the fourth suite in the ongoing For Me / For You project. 

Suite IV is a rotating exhibition that consists of four separate sets of performances. During the length of the Process show, I will come in on four separate occasions and each time perform a set of works that utilizes the items on display. The items used in the performances will remain on display as the only form of documentation of the works that I performed in the gallery, until I come in again and perform new performance pieces. Once new works are performed, the previous set of items will be replaced with a new set of items, to accompany the new performances. The result is a shifting exhibition of my performance work through these seemingly static items. The performances will not be open to the public (with the exhibition of the final performance of this suite on August 22nd); the only documentation of the works will be through the ephemera. The only items that will remain in the exhibition through it’s entirety will be two laser-engraved, black acrylic placards explaining the For Me / For You project and Suite IV, and one white shelf. Items to be added will be ephemera from the performances, as well as sketches, notes, and a placard explaining the individual works, in keeping with the theme of process of the exhibition. 

Just as this exhibition rotates and changes, so will this post; check the original post from July 11th to September 14th to see how the exhibition has changed and transformed. At the end of the exhibition, images of all rotations of this suite will be posted here. 

Works performed in this rotation: 

For You: Eschar

Luis Mejico

conditionproject:

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

conditionproject:

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)