Vincente Perez

USA

I start from the premise that slavery is an ongoing process and argue that Black voice is constrained by a white supremacist violence that hides its destruction behind liberal ideals such as progress, The Human, multiculturalism and more.I ask: what does it look, sound and feel like to explore relations with other forms of life that whiteness deems impossible? My approach to form is experimental as I want my work to challenge the cultural institutions of form, genre, and canon, themselves. I narrate conditions from an “otherwise” vantage point that recontextualizes mundane things, like the “origin story”, as forms of white supremacy and settler colonialism.

CYBORG’S manifesto &  World Making

My cultural labor is at once page poetry, visual poetry, sound art, and performance poetry where my voice/self/identities exist simultaneously. I am a cultural worker and my art is consciousness building. Through my critical poetry, I argue that whiteness is a fear-based projection where people attempt to build a world through antiblackness and white supremacy. My “otherwise” poetry is aimed at either weakening the foundations of antiblackness and white supremacy through powerful truth-telling that counters the abstractions or race and colonialism or imagining a world where liberation is a material reality.

CYBORG’s Manifesto

Transcript for CYBORG'S manifesto by Vincente Perez

CYBORG’S manifesto

Cyborg the realist nigga that ever lived. Though he is not the first cyborg proper his allegorical origin is itself a fleeting moving object. Haraway teaches cyborgs have no origin story in the West. I see this as evidence that niggas are built different. If we are all cyborgs in the postmodern age Cyborg is the human ideal made Frankenstein. An aberration from scientists playing God.
Cyborg is what happens when a parasite merges with the host and recognizes itself as alive. Every time Cyborg is horrified by his image, by his father’s betrayal, by the Fanonian encounters on the street—Look a Negro(bot)— we see what happens when a continent is visited by a virus, forced to host a death regime. In a consciousness, mark/ed by abyss, task/ed with making worlds out of qualifiers.
In our Cinematic universe every Black thought is thing theory. Every death a tear in space/time. whiteness thought itself light, needed ressentiment to live. Silas looked at his son and like most men saw a project that needed fixing. Both had Victor Stone fucked up
—the essence of life is not control.
Cyborg isn’t an innocent comic book character. Even his father look/ed at a teen saw a Titan. This is a Black-ass origin story where trauma and a Black father, experiment with a dead thing. Will it to suffer a life to protect and serve whiteness,
a Black ass tragedy. He is so strong so alive, a breathing simulacrum.
If the fates moved life with threads, imagine Silas putting his own son back together. An experiment equal parts grief and hubris. He tried to make himself whole through a legacy. He knew his son was already dead and decided to put the curse of Life right back into him.

Cyborg Boot/ed up. Restart/ed. Life is just feedback loop. Black people been knew to treat this truth as background, as a groove to move with and never against.
Cyborg show us some niggas should have never been and it’s ok to say there are things worse than death and far more valuable than the Life they keep jamming into our circuitry.

World Making

World Making Transcript by  Vincente Perez

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Vincente Perez

Vincente Perez

Biography

 

Vincente G. Perez is a poet, scholar, and writer working at the intersection of poetry, Hip-Hop, and digital culture. He makes work that refuses binary thinking, which allows him to be in conversation with people, places and things that refuse to make sense in a Western framework. He is currently a PhD Candidate in the Performance Studies program at UC Berkeley & holds a BA in Anthropology and Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies from The University of Chicago. They were a 2021-22 Poetry and the Senses Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Arts Research Center. This year he is the recipient of the “Light Bill Incubator microgrant” from Sundress Publications. His debut poetry chapbook “Other Stories to Tell Ourselves” is out now (Newfound 2023). Their poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Poetry.onl, Honey Literary, Snarl Magazine, Digging Through the Fat, River and South Review, and more.

Find him at www.vincenteperez.com or @iamsubversive.

 

My project is informed by theorists in Black technoculture and Black poetics such as Andre Brock and Christina Sharpe. My poetry is wake work, a critical praxis of using annotation/redaction in order to explore the libidinal drive to consume Blackness. I explore social death and alternative repertoires housed within the bodies and cultural practices of Black poets, rappers, and performers.

 

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