Ocotepec odyssey (2014) Welcome to a trip to the seed. We seek to see progress reflected in the mirror of the past, where crisis is a moment of choice, when development comes to a stop by itself Enough .We won’t go further but instead we’ll look backwards.We can slowly quit Ground control to Victor Jara! Can you hear me Ramona? Land control to Samuel Ruiz! Let us salute you Paulo Freire! Ivan Illich, come to sing with us! Ocotepec Odyssey is a transdisciplinary research project about radical social experiences challenging the belief in progress in Mexico in the 1960s to ’70s. It takes its name from a small town in Morelos, whose indigenous communitarian features inspired philosopher and maverick Catholicpriest Ivan Illich. Illich later founded a center called CIDOC in Cuernavaca: a gathering point for radical intellectuals from around the world, whose practitioners questioned the axioms of modern thinking with alternatives related to liberation theology. Taking the form of an installation, performance, and sci-fi film retrospective, Ocotepec Odyssey is a trip that goes from popular feminist pedagogical experiences to experimental, hallucinogenic group therapy and psychoanalysis in monasteries. In this non-linear narrative, stories around Illich and CIDOC are fictionalized; a galactic queer axolotl warns us about the counterproductive effects of modernity, as a transgender priest reads a mass and lulls to sleep her fetus-monks.

 

In 1961, after walking and hitchhiking several thousand miles across Latin America, a former catholic Austrian priest called Ivan  picked Cuernavaca, Mexico, as the place to build the Centre for Intercultural Documentation (CIDOC). The CIDOC became a place to  explore issues such as the negative effects of schooling, the radical monopoly of the dominant technologies of education, the critique to energy consumption and medical institutions, as well as the examination of alternative standards by which to judge ‘development’. It was the beginning of the sixties.  Ivan chose a little town called Ocotepec as the place to settle. The indigenous social features of Ocotepec inspired his ideas about conviviality, hospitality and friendship. The CIDOC closed in 1976. Ivan left Cuernavaca and became an itinerant philosopher.

EXIT FROM THE MONASTIC UTERUS It was the beginning of the sixties in a monastery in Santa María de Ahuacatitlan, Morelos, Mexico. A Belgian priest called Gregorio was in his cell lying on his bed. Suddenly, he had an extremely terrifying psychedelic mystical experience. Confused by this kaleidoscopic epiphany, he decided to start a psychoanalytic process, which evolved into a practice of group psychotherapy within the monastery. It was later found out that the cause of Gregorio’s mystical experience was an eye-cancer. The analyzed monks chose psychoanalysis over confession. In 1967 the Holy Office reprimanded the psychoanalytical process in this monastery and ordered to suspend it. Gregorio gave up his monastic vows and founded a Psychoanalytic Center called Emaus, which means Rejected Town.
TECHNICOLOR PSYCHOSYNTHESIS In their search for the magic mushroom, white foreigner hippies and beatniks started to travel to Huatla de Jimenez, Oaxaca, Mexico. A female shaman called María Sabina became an icon of spirituality and ancestral wisdom. The boom of the divine substance spanned between 1964 and 1967. In 1967 a psychiatrist called Salvador developed an experimental multi-disciplinary group therapy, involving hallucinogenic drugs, ethno-botany from Mexico, image and film screenings, psychodrama and psychiatry. The aim was to accelerate the analytical process aided by psychedelic substances. In 1974, he was incarcerated under charges related to pornography and orgiastic encounters. After his release, he developed alternative therapies without the use of substances. He kept running his sessions with drugs clandestinely.
Epimeteo ANNOUNCEMENT FROM BEYOND
INSATIABLE ALIENATING VERB psicosíntesis technicolor
HERE NO ONE IS ILLEGAL
THE ANUS UNITES US
Salida del útero Monacal Here and now the future witchcraft! Ocotepec Odyssey ft Invasorix Invasorix is a working group interested in songs and music videos as a form of queer-feminist protest, composed of eight visual women artists who are between 25 and 36 years old and live and work in Mexico City: Daria Chernysheva, Waysatta Fernández, Nina Hoechtl, Maj Britt Jensen, Natalia Magdalena López, Liz Misterio, Naomi Rincón-Gallardo and Mirna Roldán. Since Spring 2013 they have met regularly to collectively write songs that are based on their experiences: on precarity and on power dynamics in their environments, among others. Through a continuous dialogue among each other and with their imaginative friends, such as Gloria Anzaldúa, Pina Bausch, bell hooks, Pedro Lemebel, Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, María Sabina, Patti Smith and Annie Sprinkle, they have written so far three songs in Spanish (El ano nos une/The Anus Unites Us, Nadie aquí es ilegal/Here No One Is Illegal, Macho intelectual/Intellectual Macho) that question gender roles and the tasks of artists (los cometidos de artistas), reflect on precarity and dream about alternative and/or utopian ways of living and being.

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NAOMI RINCÓN GALLARDO
LIVE PERFORMANCES
OCOTEPEC ODYSSEY. BETWEEN UTOPIA AND FAILURE. CUERNAVACA, MEXICO 2014.
OCOTEPEC ODYSSEY. KÖLN, GERMANY, 2014