Sergio Vega, Parrot Theory 101


Parrot Theory 101 is a performance that simulates a lecture course, mirroring academic settings, language, and methodologies. Disclosing the symptoms of theoretical argumentation, it cannot be treated realistically as theory or not theory. This specific form of duplicity opens a dialogue on the "parrotization of culture," analyzing how culture asserts itself through its own duplication. The “parrotization of culture” is best understood when experienced as a mimetic tropism of culture at large; a phenomenon that can be ascribed to the rapid proliferation of cheap forms of reproducibility; to the cultural impact of digital technology and its representational forms of codification, construction, repetition, mirroring, fragmentation and distribution; to the endemic cyclical repetitions in private, public, and academic discourses; and to the perennial return of the fashionability of color. Rising from the ashes of the eagle, a rather uninteresting signifier after all, the parrot becomes an illuminating allegory: the rise of a global, postcolonial avant-garde forever changing the world into words, mirrors, and colors, as we speak.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1959, Sergio Vega attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study program in 1991/1992 and received an MFA in sculpture from Yale University in 1996. He participated in numerous international exhibitions, among them the 51st Venice Biennale, the 5th Biennale de Lyon, the 3rd Moscow Biennale, the 2nd Kwangju Biennale and the 1st Yokohama Triennale. He lives and works in Gainesville, Florida and teaches photography at the University of Florida since 1999.