Hybrid Art


Price: Anerkennung - Honorary Mentions

Amor Munoz (MX)

http://www.amormunoz.net, http://www.maquilaregion4.info

Cyberarts 2012 - International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica 2012

Maquila Región 4 is a performative intervention in the labor landscape of marginal areas of Mexico. It is a mobile factory for the manufacture of electronic-textile artworks. This nomadic workshop travels to poor areas of Mexico offering the American minimum wage ($7.00 per hour, compared to $0.60 per hour in Mexico). People are hired to produce fully functional electronic circuits using conductive thread. The actual textile-schematic circuits produced are alarms which ring with different tones when a proximity sensor is activated. Once a piece is finished, the worker embroiders on it a unique bi-directional (BiDi) code (similar to a quick-response bar code). As the BiDi is decoded, typically by a consumer with a smart phone, a web page appears that shows the production history: name of the worker, location, date and duration of the work session, salary received, a schematic diagram and a “self-representation” section where the worker can add optional information on him or herself, stories, dedications, donations, videos or anything else.

Secretaría de Cultura del Distrito Federal (MX)
Secretaría de Cultura de Campeche (MX)
Production Assistance: Luis Bolaños, Arcángel Constantini, Mar Fonoy Rivera, Carmita Pérez, Vanessa Regueiro, Leslie San Vicente, y Norma Silva.