The Muca Roma Museum is located in a Republican house at Colonia Roma, built on lacustrine terrains that are constantly sinking, like many buildings in downtown Mexico City do. A few blocks from this museum, the September 19th Earthquake devastated several buildings: some people in the area were left homeless. While we continue crushing Lake Texcoco’s lakebed, water becomes scarcer and the city finds no place to expand. All the latter has to do with the disappearance of the largest lake in central Mexico, still alive underneath the foundations of the museum. Join us next Thursday, August 30, to discuss the many lives of this lake, next to its ruins: we will talk about airports, development, failed projects, and other relevant issues, with two beloved anthropologists who understand the personality of this non-human entity.
The public program of the Animist Museum of Lake Texcoco seeks to understand the problems inherent to Mexico City and its surroundings as a system of structural, historically grounded, interspecies, inter-geographic, and inter-institutional phenomena: an intermingled array of situations which require a congregation of different perspectives to be fully understood. The unequal water distribution policies affecting an entire city; the dispossession caused by an airport; the failed urbanization of its territory; the ecological affectations within apparently isolated environments; the effects of earthquakes; the collapse of buildings are all intertwined: in order to grasp the meaning of one problem, one must firstly examine its part within a large, rapidly changing and complex "totality".
This program has been co-curated by Muca Roma, Ariadna Ramonetti [Islario], and Adriana Salazar.
Cartographies of the lacustrine region
August 30, 6pm: conversations with Emiliano Zolla, Ariadna Ramonetti [Islario], and Adriana Salazar
September 6, 6pm: Conversations with Luis Morett and Patricia Muñoz
September 20, 6pm: "GeoComunes. Collaborative mapping for the defense of common goods." With Adrián Flores and Valeria C. de Pina Ravest
September 21, 12pm: "Parallels between Lake Texcoco and other international conflicted contexts" with Dina Saja from the collective Cunci Cultural Studies (Indonesia)
Oct 4, 6pm: "I prefer the lake" by Fernando Cordova Tapia (Union of Scientists Committed to Society)
Oct 5, 8am: Visit to the Lake Texcoco Ecological Reserve (this event requires registration)
Oct 11, 6pm: The environmental devastation suffered by ancient Lake Texcoco, a conversation with Juan José Reyes and Miguel Sámano
Oct 18, 6pm: "The importance of birds and the lacustrine ecosystem in Lake Texcoco. What do they think?” by Patricia Escalante
Oct 24, 6pm: Conversations with Atenco’s Front of Peoples in Defense of the Land (FPDT)
Oct 27, 10am: Experimentation workshop: reconfiguring the ancient Valley of Mexico, with Pequeños Misterios and Carlos Gamboa
Nov 8, 6pm: " Material culture from an Anthropological and other perspectives" with Anne Johnson
Nov 15, 6pm: Screening of "The water of the Earth and Sky in the Acolhuacan Septentrional" and "The Absent Hills” with Jorge Martínez, Manuel Moreno and David Robichaux
Nov 29, 6pm: Conversations about the politics of artistic research with David Gutiérrez and Adriana Salazar
December 6, 6pm: Conversations with Julieta Lamberti of the Project Organization, Development, Education and Research (PODER)
Life and Death of Lakes: Scientific Café with Ana Claudia Nepote, Adriana Salazar, and Luis Zambrano, at the Animist Museum of Lake Texcoco's exhibition in Morelia, Mexico
Conversations on ecosystem restauration and points of crossing between art and science.
Calle de Melchor Ocampo 256, Historic Center, Morelia, Mexico.
Conversations between Marcela Morales and members of the 'Jardines de la Mintzita' Ecological Community, at the Animist Museum of Lake Texcoco's exhibition in Morelia, Mexico
These conversations will be followed by the presentation of a documentary on pollution sites at La Mintzita spring (Michoacan, Mexico), a series of talks around the 'Feria del Agua' and 'Tianguis La Gotita' projects, and the presentation of the 'Canto Campesino' music workshop.
The Sensibility in the Landscape by Pedro Urquijo, at the Animist Museum of Lake Texcoco's exhibition in Morelia, Mexico
Dr. Pedro Urquijo (Geohistory, ENES, UNAM) discusses the category of the landscape from his discipline's point of view, in relation to the Animist Museum of Lake Texcoco's exhibition at Clavijero Cultural Center in Morelia, Mexico.
The Pearl Button by Patricio Guzman (Chile, 2016)
Kings of Nowhere by Betsabe Garcia (Mexico, 2015)
Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky (USSR, 1979)
Wednesdays, 6pm. Café Giraluna. Héroes de Nacozari 190, Historic Center, Morelia, Mexico
The Animist Museum of Lake Texcoco at Clavijero Cultural Center, Morelia, Mexico Morelia has been co-produced by the Third Artistic Research Residency (Performance Studies and Live Arts Seminar / Art History Laboratory), the Laboratory of Publications, and the "Community Monitoring Project: a Strategy for the Unequal Distribution of Water Within Communities Which Face Poverty and Socio-Environmental Conflict” (National School of Higher Studies, Morelia, UNAM), with the support of MUCA Roma.
A Guided Tour Through the Animist Museum of Lake Texcoco. Oxford Artistic and Practice Based Research Platform, Issue 2
A Guided Tour Through the Animist Museum of Lake Texcoco is an audio tour taking place at an experimental museum the listener is trusted to experience. This article is configured in an attempt to question certain forms of validity (linear, closed, rhetorical), thus claiming its place as research in relation to artistic practices, archaeological methodologies, and academia.