Naftaztec TV (1994) Photo/Foto: HIDVL
  • Title: Naftaztec TV
  • Alternate Title: Outtakes of Naftaztec TV
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:39:19
  • Language: English, Spanish, Spanglish
  • Date: 1994
  • Location: Performed in Troy, New York.
  • Type-Format: film
  • Cast: Guillermo Gómez-Peña.
  • Credits: Guillermo Gómez-Peña, creator, director, producer ; iEAR Studios, producer ; Adrienne Jenik, producer ; La Pocha Nostra, producer.

Naftaztec TV (1994)

Outtakes of the actual live satellite transmission of Gómez-Peña's pirate TV broadcast El Naftazteca: Cyber-Aztec TV for 2000 AD. This live satellite transmission, interrupting the nightly news in an act of guerrilla television, presented the artist as a post-NAFTA Cyber-Aztec pirate who commandeered a commercial TV signal from his underground "Vato bunker," where virtual reality meets border art in a collage of footage ranging from home movies, excerpts of earlier Gómez-Peña performances, Mexican "B" movies, etc. Radical politics, autobiographical material, "reverse anthropology" and parodic traces of traditional media broadcasts comprise the content of this legendary video art piece; its finished product was later distributed by Video Data Bank.