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Tultitland (Mexico, 2013) is a collective and interdisciplinary work developed within the Mexico metropolitan area. Tultitland employs art-based tools to analyse and represent the phenomena of a growing town: drawing attention to self-building and to the first settlers’ efforts to build a common space; and fostering a reflection about the role of artists/researchers in complex social contexts.
El soldador, el pesero y la ciudad perdida [the soldering iron, the bus, and the lost town] is one of the actions carried within Tultitland. It consisted of temporarily extending the regular bus line that connects the center of Tultitlan (a town at the boundaries of the Mexico state, known as Ciudad Perdida [Lost Town]) towards the limit where the natural area Sierra de Guadalupe starts. The action develops in a dreamy festive atmosphere; the bus transports the waiting stop to the furthest accessible place of Sierra de Guadalupe, to then return it to the community, where it is transformed in a soccer bench for the community soccer field.
Part of the research Tultitland explored materials and vernacular processes for building: a domestic soldering iron, whose shape would become the emblem on top of the soccer bench; and the melting of plastic debris to build the roof top.
Stills of the video El soldador, el pesero y la ciudad perdida (Mexico, 2012, 6'15")
Developed within Idensitat | Barrio MEX, with Gaspar Maza, Elena Muñoz, Ramon Parramon, Laia Solé in collaboration with Amextra NGO, SomosMexas/Jesús López and Thelma García.