Santo Domingo Square is famous for being the first “plaza” in the city and also the place where the Inquisition burnt all sinners and thinkers in the past.Later on, it became public desktops for the illiterate and so nowadays, it has a modern history for being the most popular place for cheap and quick printing but also an access to illicit documentations. With the help of our new members, the government gave us the permission to take over this historic place with a urban intervention for one day.
We installed our modular furniture very early in the morning, and later we inflated Plastique Fantastique's bubble. Kids were amazed. And so were the the older people and families. Primal and their rain water was a highlight once to take over a city, we have to take over the responsibility of its issues. And so the water.
Bearing in mind the story of the plaza, the Spanish performer Roberto Martínez prepared an improvisation by creating a language written in the floor with chalk while he reinterpreted the story of the place trying to connect its past, present and future with a more apologetical and positive attitude once he is still bearded man in a city that is still at times sensitive about the colonization.
We also hosted the project of the collective sculpture “El Gigante Pikxi Ollin” which has as its principle the unification of our segmented society as one massive sculpture made out of little pieces shaped by hands of all sizes, and all ages, shaping a big Giant that is us.
Inside the bubble we performed some actions by local and South American poets, followed by an incredible pre-hispanic ritual by Mexican collective Coyotes. They came from Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, one of the satellite cities in the outskirts and one of the most feared areas in Mexico City, but with a great energy of urban artists and performers. This kind of dancers are traditionally called concheros and it was a very typical scene to see them dancing in the main squares of the city. Recent laws have banned this kind of activities. So the presentation of their show was a delight for both audience and performers. It’s important to mention, they keep an authentic and loyal interpretation of bongos, attires and rites.
We also had a urban intervention by Amarillo Público, a street art project by Rodrigo Olvera who make interventions in public spaces refering always to the must public color probably, yellow. If we consideer the sun as the main shared source of course. He played with the space and yellow tape - a way to play with our normal perceptions of direction and limits.
After their ritual, the rain came to our call with a storm that flooded the plaza few centimeters. The perfect closing of a day full of sun, laughs, amused little eyes and lots of work. An amazing day of activities outside our headquarters. The team kept the security standards and evacuated in the darkness leaving the plaza as clean as it was when was kindly taken. A very organized creative insurrection.
A local old man at the end of the night, thank our team for the “stuff we brought”. We’ve been offered another square - Xochimilco, one of the sectors of town that remain with the inner ecosystems - but in a badly state of preservation - in the valley of Mexico and important since ancient times for its innovative but completely organic systems of agriculture. We would like to put the ball in a floating island!Yes we will.
WE OWN OUR CITIES WHEN:
WHEN WE CONSIDER OURSELVES AS ONE
WHEN THERE IS NO FRAGMENTATION
WHEN THE OBJECTIVES THAT STICK US TOGETHER ARE HIGHER
TO SEE A CITY AS ONE UNIT,
ONE BODY- ONE COLLECTIVE MIND
THE ISSUE WE STAND AGAINST IN OUR CITIES:
RACISM, CLASSISM, MENTAL MISERY
MONEY COMES, MONEY GOES, POVERTY CAN REACH OUR POCKETS
BUT WE WONT LET MISERY TAKE OVER OUR SOULS.
Thank you so much to all our supporters and team. Special thanks to Magali Cadena and Delegación Cuauhtémoc.