The Mexterminator (1998)

The Mexterminator (1998) HIDVL

A 'political peepshow' of sorts, this interactive performance/installation functions as a living museum of techno-dioramas displaying a series of living 'multicultural Frankensteins' or 'ethno-cyborgs'. The characters, created by La Pocha Nostra, are based on thousands of anonymous on-line responses by net users (, re-interpreting their proposals for 'hybrid specimens' meant to embody Americans' expressed intercultural fears and desires toward Latinos, immigrants and people of color. The resulting dioramas involve physical interaction with the audience, encouraging visitors to engage in the reflection of their own psychological and cultural monsters.


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Additional Info

  • Title: The Mexterminator
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:50:13
  • Language: English, Spanish, Spanglish
  • Date: 1998
  • Location: Performed at Somar Gallery, San Francisco, California
  • Type-Format: performance, installation
  • Cast: Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Roberto Sifuentes, Violeta Luna, Sara Shelton-Mann, Yoshigiro Masegiro, James Luna.
  • Credits: Guillermo Gómez-Peña, director, producer ; La Pocha Nostra, producer ; Gustavo Vasquez, videographer.