photo of Lulú Melón Sandia by Jaime Martínez
In a double twister of fate, .gif-fabulous photographer Jaime Martínez presented Throw To Lion, an experimental arts space placed onto Parque del Ferrocarril at Festival Nrmal. Martínez's Throw To Lion, had previously been a tumblr, a book, a radio show, and a noise outfit, but last Saturday, it was both exhibited and performed in a cargo container. The showspace's exterior, facing the black stage, was a shared with a muralist but used a corner quadrant to indicate a tentative schedule of music performances and a spray of visual collaborators (Victoria Nuñez, Lulú Melón Sandía, and Meredith Jay). The red (Christmas) light district was layered with drying leaves and decorated in printed posters of the internet paranrmal (female centipede, pointilistic porn, etc.). The frequency of people visiting fluctuated as did the jump rate. I noticed a couple enter the trailer, only for the female partner to display a disgusted visage and immediately walk out of the trailer. A rightful reaction when considering the art involved itself with digital violence to the female body in a time of techno-industrialism.
photo of Victoria Nuñez by Adrian Mata Anaya
T2L was maybe not as family friendly as watching Brujeria perform, but it was still a familial effort. DS RE grinded up cassette recordings and shot shards into an electrostatic field. Terribly comfortable in such an environment, Lourdes Martinez aka Lulu Melón Sandía jumped on the mic. The femme phantasm would stay in close proximity to the trailer, video recording various performances, but ended up straying elsewhere apparently, as evidenced by her VHSGIF entries from Nrmal. With delays and schedule accelerations, Brontis and Parque Frensei eluded me, but they were ever present, a gift to the space. My double rainbow, HDXD, Delia Beatriz Martínez (MX) and Hector Llaquin of Megajoy (CH, Michita Rex), produced a sonic warp, proving romance and experimentalism go lip and lip. Though untouched in previous reportage, Jaime Martinez surely has Festival Nrmal's commitment to the techno-raw and the non-Coachella.