Colectivo Neuromante celebrates Day of the Dead at Bellas Artes

By Guillermina Fonseca

To celebrate the Day of the Dead, Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez El Nigromante (Bellas Artes) cordially invites the artistic community and the general public to attend a multidisciplinary event called “Altar Ritual,” a conceptual project created by Colectivo Neuromante, in the Cuatro Lóbulos room at Bellas Artes on Friday, November 1, from 6 to 10pm. The director of Bellas Artes, Alberto Lenz, noted that with this event they seek to blur the boundaries between creators and viewers, who will interact in a collective creative process.

A representative of Colectivo Neuromante, Denise Baca, said that “on this occasion we have invited a number of artists whose work we admire to reflect with us on a universal and timeless theme. Thus, we are presenting the processes of ongoing projects carried out by the group on the same topic.”

Baca explained that Colectivo Neromante is an open multidisciplinary collective, in which dynamic, participatory and interactive processes are encouraged in order to dismantle oppressive systems of thought through creative dialogue and art. “We develop projects, experiences in which the goal is the process of those involved, including the viewer, documenting and recording every part of it,” she said.

The Day of the Dead is taken as an occasion to question the commercialism behind traditions and commemorative dates in addition to relevant topics that revolve around death.

The event will begin with a lecture by Mario Vanucci, astrologer and author, entitled “Nothing Dies, Everything Changes,” that addresses the relativity of death. The contemporary dance collective “Danza Viral” will present a piece called “Compatriots” outside Bellas Artes to help draw the public into the space.

In addition, Nick Zedd, renowned author and underground filmmaker, a key player in the punk movement in New York who through his films has created and developed the so-called cinema of transgression, will be showing several of his short films and a selection of his paintings called “Xenomorphosis.” Also, Eva Aridjis, renowned Mexican filmmaker, will present her award-winning documentary La Santa Muerte, narrated by actor Gael Garcia Bernal.

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