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EPCOT: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

Island of Conscious Power in an Ocean of Unconscious Cooperation
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Map of a Twin Mind
Selling Air
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Selling Air



Two-channel video installation, 2:11, 2019

 


On the left channel, a 5" monitor shows the deteriorated interiors of a mansion located in the US-Mexico border town of Nuevo Laredo. The property remains in a state of abandonment since its owner, a renowned mafia boss, was shot to death inside the place by the rival cartel in 2014. The house is one of the city's 20,000 abandoned properties derived from a social crisis produced by a narco-state founded in crime, drug trafficking, and necropower. This phenomenon results from practices of ultraviolence that have been established in the Mexican border towns as an everyday form to obtain recognition, economic legitimacy, and logistical control of the entry ports enabling illicit trafficking into the US.

On the other channel, a sleek and minimalist synchronized 3D reconstruction of the same space appropriates the real estate's aesthetics used to commercialize properties. The dialogue between the two different representations opens a space to think about the border as hybrid geography in which humanism is displaced as a central epistemology in favor of a consumerist hedonism radicalized through a neoliberal logic of hyper-consumption and violence commodification. As an attempt to extend a critical perspective on the subject, the project was executed in collaboration with the only rendering studio still working in Nuevo Laredo’s real estate industry.

Selling Air was presented at Museo Tamayo (Mexico City, 2020) as part of the collective exhibition Otrxs Mundxs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPCOT: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow
Island of Conscious Power in an Ocean of Unconscious Cooperation
i35
Map of a Twin Mind
Selling Air
https://terranullius.global
x-o.global

 

 

INFO

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Jerónimo Reyes-Retana | 2021