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Interactive Murals with Electric Paint and Arduino

The Interactive Mural project started as a workshop back in 2016 and continued as a workshop series in 2017. It involves a network of young people of all over Mexico City, in collaboration with the “Faros”, Fábrica de Artes y Oficios, (Arts and Crafts Factory) – a project that promotes cultural activities in areas that are effected by social exclusion.

The workshop was based on three conceptual axes: technology, art and community. Mexico City was the starting point, establishing a link between communities in 5 areas of the city, located in strategic and decentralised geographic points: Oriente, Aragón, Tláhuac, Milpa Alta and Indios Verdes.  

The workshop started with the basic principles of electronics; What is an LED? What are electronics? What is conductivity? What is resistance? They then shared examples that they made themselves, using graphite as a conductive material. They made light sensitive stickers through the use of transistors and even made an oscillator that translated variations in resistance into an audio.

Faro Tláhuac

Although these old lacustrine zones still conserve chinamperas zones and wetlands, problems like the lack of water supply and the contamination of drinkable water affect the population of this region.

The line in blue joins all those small microhistories, to visualise a map of Tláhuac, because, for the people there, water is a social and historical connector; a common denominator that is present and unites all that live there.

Faro Milpa Alta

Milpa Alta is one of the rural areas of the city, which holds some urban characteristics. People living there believe in the importance of preserving day to day traditions, like for example, the treatment of the milpas, the morphology of a teporingo, or the legend of Juan Carnero, among others; because part of this knowledge is now unknown to some inhabitants of the Mexico City.

Faro Oriente

The figure of the market on wheels plays a crucial role in the history of Mexico City. In Faro de Oriente, the team decided to portray a series of objects that refer to the tianguis of “El Salado”, not only because of its importance in their production, but also because of the symbolic strength of all the goods that arrive there. They’re interested in showing those technological objects that have been forgotten, that have lost their common use, that have passed through many hands, and that now seem as if they were a sample of fossils. The piece alludes to older technology that has been forgotten, but has inspired many other products.