ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIVING AND DEAD THINGS:
LAKE TEXCOCO


 

INDEX

A

Abandonment

Lake Texcoco Ecological Park: a place built, then left abandoned

Agency

The concept of agency is understood through the displacement of volcanic rock

Animism

The arrival of the sugar industry in southwestern Colombia and the lake - airport conflict taking place in Texcoco's basin produce a new form of animism

Archaeology

In the 1980's and 1990's, two archaeologists found pre-Hispanic relics confounded with rubble from modern Mexico City

Archive

Lake Texcoco's archive, located in San Juan de Aragon, Mexico City, contains a collection of unused, dust-covered documents

Artifice

An artificial lake in Mexico City's Tláhuac forest disappears overnight: in this city, artificial water bodies are also built overnight

B

Birdstrike

Birds and airplanes are constantly in conflict within coastal airports: yet another conflict generated by the construction of Mexico City's New International Airport

C

Campground

The Hidalgo y Carrizo campground for displaced people is erected beside the terrains of Lake Texcoco

Contour

Lake Texcoco's shore has always fluctuated in its shape, even to this day

D

Debris

Debris from evicted homes at the Hidalgo y Carrizo Property reveal a very particular type of information

Demolition

Evicted houses from the Hidalgo y Carrizo Property becomes debris

Dust Cloud

Dust clouds (tolvaneras) would rise in the late 1960's on Lake Texcoco's grounds, to then fall on Mexico City's western margin

E

Ejido

Mexican communal rural property becomes privatized as of 1992

H

Hare

A hare is rescued by biologists in the terrains of Mexico City's New International Airport, then freed beside the Nabor Carrillo lakeshore

History

Archaeological sites in Lake Texcoco were found scattered, without history, like the rubble from the Hidalgo y Carrizo Property

I

Invasive Species

Invasive species of plants are the antithesis of human migrations

L

Land

The difference between soil and land is revealed in an area within Bogota's Central Cemetery as well as in the desiccated basin of Lake Texcoco

Landfill

The West Landfill, a dumpsite within the federal terrains of Lake Texcoco

Levelling

Lake Texcoco's terrains are leveled to be made available: a portion of the leveling material is composed of debris from Mexico City's 1985 earthquake

M

Map

The division established between Lake Texcoco’s federal terrains and Mexico City, shows how an abstract map may alter geography

Monument

On the ancient eastern shore of Lake Texcoco now lies a monument, vandalized and surrounded by urbanizations

Mud

Earthquakes in Mexico City are amplified and extended due to the muddiness of its soil

O

Office

A group of government officials is substantially different from a community

P

Pier

Everything ever built on the terrains of Lake Texcoco turns into ruin

R

Ruin

The ruin speaks about that which defines it, telling us about how its relationship with Mexico City strengthened since 1985

S

Salt

Salt speaks about its age-old relationship with Lake Texcoco

T

Tezontle

A volcanic rock, red as blood, plays an important role in projects constructed on Lake Texcoco 

W

Water

Water speaks about its age-old, conflicted relarionship with Mexico City

Water Carrier

Two water carriers from Guanajuato, appearing in a 19th century photograph, display a long gone relationship with water


BIBLIOGRAPHY

References, documents, connections, conversations