Where we get a lecture on the perils of drugs from the curator of the Drugs museum in Mexico, revisit the wonderful design of Mexico ’68 and meet an artist who voluntarily spent hundreds of hours in prison striking deals with inmates
Meet two activists from Mexico. The first is hackarchitect Ehécatl Cabrera who believes that since architecture is not able to answer the many issues that the city has to face, we should raise and ‘make the city ourselves’. The second is Tijuana-based Raúl Cárdenas from Torolab who was in Mexico to present his Institute of Waste
The last time i blogged about Postopolis was two months ago. The idea of getting to grips with a report that had to chronicle a criminally long day was a bit intimidating. The fifth day of our blogathon in Mexico DF started at noon and ended at 10 pm. We were braced for the worst but the whole day was over in no time, thanks to some brilliant presentations and a friendly weather. No time to yawn nor complain
This private collection was founded in 1955 by Mexican architect Roberto Shimizu. Most of the toys were recovered from flea markets, bazars, suppliers, etc. They range from antique toys from the late 1800’s up to popular plastic action figures, dolls and baubles from the ’70s. Some of them are a bit uncanny….
Two of our speakers explores the cultural and economic modes of (in)formal distribution both in the world of file-sharing and in Tepito, an area of Mexico city famed for its humongous street market where you can buy pretty anything, especially if pirate, stolen or counterfeit. We also had rappers performing live, a lesson on local pride and an intense introduction on critical fetishes
On day 3 of our blogathon we saw Mexico from a helicopter, were told why the city is suffering from an excess of water (rather than scarcity), listened to architects, graffiti artists, human right fighters and photographers
Day 2 of Postopolis was free metzcal, Mexican hip hop, pollution-eating robot and Carlos Alvarez Montero’s amazing portraits of subcultures, from Mexican skinheads to US-style gangs