Herodes reloaded

Text & directed by


La Columna Durruti:

Espacio de Arte de la Fundación OSDE, Buenos Aires, 2015
Museo Universitario del Chopo, Ciudad de México, México, 2016


Neo-Situationist performance based on the text of the same name written by Emilio García Wehbi, reflecting on childhood and the capitalist system via different visual and filmic references.
For García Wehbi, capitalism tames people’s childhoods; the excessive buying of toys and similar products activates the consumer market. This work denounces filicide (a crime against children), and the violence of power and alienation that is controlled by the desire to acquire objects. It proposes that the body of a child belongs to the desires of its parents, and to the manifestation of a culture and an epoch.
The performance makes reference to a number of philosophical and psychological texts (by Charles Fourier and Michel Foucault, among others) and different myths. It employs fragments from the films Emperor Tomato Ketchup, by Shuji Terayama and Pensées et visions d’une tête coupée, by Olivier Smolders and Johan van den Driessche; and the music of the female Japanese punk group Nisennenmondai and Schubert.
La Columna Durruti (originally comprising Emilio García Wehbi, Maricel Álvarez, Marcelo Martínez and Julieta Potenze) presents the trilogy comprising the works:Herodes reloaded (2015), commissioned and produced by the Espacio de Arte of the Fundación OSDE, Buenos Aires, Argentina; La chinoise (2016); and En la caverna de Platónestá la cabeza de medusa (2017).

Artistic credits

Performers: Maricel Alvarez, Emilio García Wehbi / Child: Olivia Toledo (Argentina), Julieta Luna (México) / Production: Fundación Osde, La Columna Durruti (Argentina), Museo Universitario del Chopo (México) / Graphic design: Leandro Ibarra / Music assistant: Lucio Ansede García / Video editing: Marcelo Martínez, Emilio García Wehbi / Singing coach: Diego Ruiz / Photos: Nora Lezano (Argentina), Mara Arteaga (México) / Music & Sound: Marcelo Martínez / Set & Objects: Julieta Potenze / Text & Directed by: Emilio García Wehbi