22. We participated in the VI Encuentro con la Tierra, organized by UNAM’s Instituto de Geología. Over sixty stands were set up at the Alameda in Santa María La Ribera.
7. For the sixth session of the Heal Yourself at Home: Health Care with Kitchen Herbs Workshop, participants continue learning about the uses of herbs, and prepare a syrup made of roasted cocoa, bay leaf, thyme, oregano, and parsley.
5. The Creative Tutorials for Elementary School. Homework…! What Does It Imply? Workshop begins. During the initial sessions children meet to be tutored in subjects such as Spanish, mathematics, and biological sciences.
3. During the Advanced Urban Agriculture Workshop, fruit ripening and harvesting are discussed; participants also clean and weed Casa Gallina’s garden and identify botanical families in the garden.
3. At the Recycling Toys Workshop for Parents and Children, participants learn basic notions of narrative and construction of characters; they explore ways of putting together different parts of used toys to create their own toys.
28. In this session of the Heal Yourself at Home: Health Care with Kitchen Herbs Workshop, neighbors discuss the properties of herbs, specifically, hoja santa (Mexican pepper leaf), pigweed, oregano, and rosemary. Then they make an ointment with beeswax, recommended for bruises and specific aches.
24. In the Advanced Urban Agriculture Workshop, neighbors discuss the food and care of compost earthworms and plant fast-germinating seeds such as chard, parsley, and cilantro.
21. For the fourth session of the Creative Cooking with Unusual Ingredients Workshop, participants use different seasonings made from plants and spices.
21. For the fourth session of the Heal Yourself at Home: Health Care with Kitchen Herbs Workshop participants discuss the plants and herbs in guacamole. They discuss the regenerative qualities of cilantro seeds and leaves, tomatoes, and onions. They prepare an infusion with these ingredients.
17. In the Creative Cooking with Unusual Ingredients Workshop neighbors prepare banana sorbet with cocoa syrup, banana bread, and oatmeal cookies, and chia and strawberry marmalade.
17. During the Advanced Urban Agriculture Workshop, neighbors prepare fertilizers and mulches, supervise the growth of seedlings, and make a prototype of earthworm compost.
14.- Participants in the Heal Yourself at Home: Health Care with Kitchen Herbs Workshop meet for the third time. During this session, they learn about the curative qualities of certain chilies and of avocado leaves. They then prepare a dye that it is left to sit for four months.
10. The Advanced Urban Agriculture Workshop dedicates a session to preparing seedlings and sprouts of winter vegetables, such as eggplant, onion, and zucchini.
7. Participants in the Creative Cooking with Unusual Ingredients Workshop prepare lentil hamburgers and wild rice with caramelized onions and mushrooms, accompanied by homemade catsup and sweet potato mustard.
7. During the second session of the Heal Yourself at Home: Health Care with Kitchen Herbs Workshop, neighbors discuss the medicinal uses of seeds such as chia and amaranth, and plants such as nopal and spirulina. They also prepare pinole (a pre-Hispanic beverage made of corn) that is recommended to treat gastritis and digestion problems.
31. During the first session of the Creative Cooking with Unusual Ingredients Workshop, participants coordinated by Chef Armando Gómez prepare huitlacoche tacos and learn basic kitchen hygiene and organizational skills.
31. Participants in the Heal Yourself at Home: Health Care with Kitchen Herbs Workshop meet at Casa Gallina. During the first session they discuss the differences between allopathic medicine, homeopathic medicine, and traditional herbal medicine whose practice is a result of empirical traditional knowledge, resulting in a system that explores the curative qualities of plants, vegetables, and seeds. Participants then prepare an infusion with oregano, ginger, and pigweed.
24. The Graphic Narrative Workshop ends. Participants exchange opinions about the activity before presenting the collective book to their friends and families. It is the result of the group’s exercises on topics that concern the neighborhood, such as dynamics about sharing everyday life, domestic trash management, and public health.
24. Neighbors who participate in the Clean Water: Making Cleaning Products Workshop meet again and learn to make talcum powder. They talk about the use industry makes of different metals. Concerned about the ingredients in the products they use, neighbors share phone apps that help checking the safety of some commercial products.
17-18. Sustainable Urban Design Workshop was aimed at designers, architects, urbanists, and young professionals interested in creative solutions for urban environmental problems. Architect Elías Cattan was the instructor of this workshop that was part of the Inhabit the Water: An Approach to the Basin in the Valley of Mexico project.
17. During the first session of Clean Water: Making Cleaning Products Workshop, Javier Chapado coordinates a group of neighbors interested in learning how to make home cleaning products. They make a balm using coconut oil, wax, and marigold. Neighbors talk about our skin and its relationship to our health, and about the importance of keeping our body free from unnecessary contact with chemical substances.
6. The Graphic Narrative Workshop ends once the coordinators compile the individual works. The anthology will be presented to the group in January 2018.
2. During this meeting, participants in the Plant and Harvest: Community Urban Garden Workshop finish setting up the three urban gardens. As a finale, Taydé, a neighbor, organized an informal gathering at her home to allow participants to coordinate tasks. Neighbors will restart activities in January and will invite a larger number of participants to lend spaces for new urban gardens.
11. In the Plant and Harvest: Community Urban Garden Workshop neighbors meet with Armando Volterrani at Casa Gallina to plan three urban gardens at collective spaces. During this meeting tasks are defined and assigned to implement the efficient production of urban gardens. Also defined was the needed equipment for the planting beds, considering the different spaces. The group agreed to install wheels on the seedbeds to allow better mobility and care, and by consensus they determined the seeds to plant according to the winter season.
25. Participants in the Graphic Narrative Workshop exchange opinions about the topic each has chosen to research and develop individually for the final anthology.
11. Coordinated by Berenice Medina and Santiago Grijalva, the Graphic Narrative Workshop begins. Participants do exercises to develop cartoons and scripts. They also study different forms of visual narrative expression through history.
The second series of summer workshops for children was held during July and August 2017. It was based on the book La Dalia. Un mercado con tradición en la Santa María La Ribera (La Dalia: A Traditional Market in Santa María La Ribera).
27. Neighbor Yazzint Pantoja rejoins the mobile devices program, now training students according to an individual approach by appointment. Appointments may be scheduled for Tuesdays or Thursdays. Classes teach the use of different applications and basic functioning in general and, if required, advanced features of cell phones and tablets.
25. Neighbor Mónica Marentes joined the team of instructors in the Programa de asesorías en computación básica para adultos mayores (Basic Computer Training for Senior Citizens) and continued offering support to individual projects of the neighbors.
12. Neighbors participants in the Programa de asesorías en computación básica para adultos mayores (Basic Computer Training for Senior Citizens) meet in the afternoons with Viridiana Gamiño to form a network of people interested in observing and responsibly sharing information in the barrio’s social media.
24. Economist Rainer Guerrero explained the concept and functions of a cooperative, so that the neighbors may establish their own when they finish the Spring Garden Workshop.
20. As a gesture to the community, participants in the Craft Your Barrio Workshop placed labels identifying the different trees at the Alameda del Kiosco Morisco.
13. During the last session of the Cooking with Market Vegetables and Herbs Workshop, participants reviewed some of the traditional Mexican recipes that only use vegetables and herbs. Then they made mushroom soup, peanut paste, and quelites with mole.
12. Neighbor Lorena Jáuregui coordinated the fifth Basic Computer Program for Senior Citizens.
6. During the third session of the Cooking with Market Vegetables Workshop, participants fixed dishes with different types of greens.
3. Participants assessed the results of the Spring Garden Workshop during the last session. They also expressed their interest in forming a neighborhood cooperative with the vegetables and products from the urban garden.
30. Chef Raúl Armando dedicated the second class of the Cooking with Market Vegetables and Herbs to preparing deserts using natural fructose instead of refined sugar.
27. Participants in the Spring Garden Workshop visit a hydroponic garden at UNAM’s School of Sciences, where agronomist Aarón Cabrera coordinated exercises to understand the technical and human management skills required by a community hydroponic garden.
25. As a way of giving back to the community, participants in the Ecologic Cleaning Products Workshop made and distributed toilet sanitizers among businesses in the neighborhood.
23. During the first session of the Cooking with Market Vegetables and Herbs, participants prepared three dishes based on lentils as the main ingredient: lentil ceviche, lentils à la Bolognese, and lentil hamburgers.
20. After a tour during the previous session, participants in the Craft Your Barrio Workshop built a virtual model of street furniture as well as some architectural projects in response to the lack of public recreation and sports facilities.
17. Lorena Jáuregui coordinated the fourth Basic Computer Program for Senior Citizens, now at an intermediate level
17. For the last session of the Ecologic Cleaning Products Workshop, participants made toothpaste using active charcoal.
13. Urban planners and neighbors Silver Jarrot and Paola Flores designed and coordinated the second tour of the Craft Your Barrio Workshop to identify some of the solutions that neighbors have developed to solve problems pertaining to public spaces.
13. Francisco Lozano taught participants in the Spring Garden Workshop how to identify edible products growing in Casa Gallina’s garden as well as those in surrounding streets that result from insect and bird pollination.
6. Agronomist Francisco Ibáñez, a guest speaker at the Spring Garden Workshop, taught participants garden maintenance techniques. He also showed the regional varieties of a cornfield in the city
6. Participants in the Craft Your Barrio Workshop continue to render the most significant buildings in the barrio, such as the Dalia Market and the Alameda del Kiosco Morisco.
3. Participants in the Ecologic Cleaning Products Workshop made an all-purpose cleaner using vinegar, baking soda, and water.
26. Neighbors participating in the Ecologic Cleaning Products Workshop made deodorant and lip balm using beeswax, baking soda, aloe, and other home ingredients.
19. During the third session of the Ecologic Cleaning Products Workshop, participants learned to make body soap using lard; they talked about the environmental impact of different soaps depending on their ingredients.
17. The third Basic Computer Program for Senior Citizens began. Neighbor Lorena Jáuregui coordinated it.
12. The participants in the Ecologic Cleaning Products Workshop made hydro-alcoholic, aqueous, and dry extracts from products at Casa Gallina’s garden. They also learned to identify how each product works.
8. Participants in the Spring Garden Workshop begin planting cacahuazintle corn, squash, and red beans to start the milpa, or cornfield, under agronomist Francisco Ibáñez.
5. Javier Chapado began the Ecologic Cleaning Products Workshop by questioning, from a scientific framework, the inefficiency of some of the most popular commercial cleaning products. Then he introduced participants to the use of some herbs for cleaning purposes.
22. Participants in the Spring Garden Workshop visit Mexico City’s Central Market to learn to identify different seeds and to talk about chemically treated or genetically modified seeds.
2. Participants continued implementing the cornfield at Casa Gallina’s urban garden during the sixth session the Urban Garden Workshop. Agronomist Francisco Ibáñez explained the proper planting sequence of corn, bean, and squash seeds to allow the exchange of nutrients and the proper growth of each.
1. In the Craft Your Barrio Workshop, children started developing their architectural and urban planning proposals that they will later build.
29. In the second session of the Making Ecologic Cleaning Products Workshop, participants collected plants from Casa Gallina’s urban garden to make different preparations by combining plants with oil, vinegar, and alcohol. Then they discussed the use of each preparation in herbal medicine, cosmetics, and home cleaners.
25. During the fifth session of the Urban Garden Workshop, Spring Season, agronomist Francisco Ibáñez coordinated the first stage of the small cornfield at Casa Gallina’s urban garden. Participants prepared the soil with sheep manure and worm leachate to stimulate microbial life to nurture the plants. They also prepared maize grain and creole beans to plant in the following session.
23. Neighbor Yazzint Pantoja joined the Permanent Computer Support Program for Senior Citizens as an instructor.
22. During the first session of the Making Ecologic Cleaning Products Workshop, the concept of thoughtful consumption was analyzed. Participants critically read the labels on cleaning products used in their homes and discussed the relationship between some of these substances and certain illnesses.
11. Children toured their barrio during the second session of Craft Your Barrio. They focused on experiencing familiar places in ways different to their daily routines. They photographed facades of houses and buildings; then, closing their eyes, they walked through the market. Participants also visited the rooftop of a neighbor’s house to get a panoramic view of the barrio. At the end, they wrote about this experience, with the purpose of using those notes in the following sessions.
11. During the fourth session of the Spring Urban Garden Workshop, the homes of some of the participants were visited to monitor their urban gardens and suggest improvements. Then, Casa Gallina’s hydroponic system was reactivated with lettuce, strawberry, and spinach sprouts that had been previously germinated.
9. The Healthy Cooking Workshop ended. During the last session, nutritionist Fiorella Espinosa was invited to discuss material learned in the workshop; she also explained the risks of consuming processed food.
9. The first unit of the Participative Journalism Workshop began. Raúl Aníbal Sánchez, a neighbor journalist, discussed with participants the basic notions to understand journalism. During the workshop, participants explored topics of shared interest and practiced the written components needed to write an article (chronicles, interviews, press coverage, etc.), according to their personal observations, knowledge, and their research about events in the barrio.
4. During the third session of the Urban Garden Workshop, Spring Season, biologist Aarón Cabrera explained the components needed to make fertilizing substances in hydroponics with a consideration of their conductivity and their pH in accordance with the different species. In addition, participants were assigned maintenance chores for the hydroponic system at Casa Gallina.
4. The Craft Your Barrio Workshop began. It was coordinated by ArsGames, and taught by Mercedes Torres and Eurídice Cabañes. Participants were children from the barrio, ages nine through thirteen.
Cynthia Gutiérrez tiene su primer estancia en el barrio. En sus recorridos detecta que existen muchos vitrales en las fachadas. En alguna de sus caminatas conoce a Claudia, dueña de un taller de vitrales del barrio, a partir de este diálogo Cynthia Gutiérrez decide trabajar con el vitral como medio de producción
25. Agronomist Francisco Ibáñez was the guest speaker at the second session of the Urban Garden Workshop, Spring Season. He spoke about the concept of cornfields as an agro-ecological system, emphasizing its cultural importance, as well as its effectiveness and adaptability both to rural and urban contexts.
21. The Open Computer Support for Senior Citizens began. It is focused on solving specific problems posed by neighbors interested in improving their computer skills. Neighbor Viridiana Gamiño coordinates this activity.
20. This year’s first Senior Citizens Basic Computer Training Workshop began. Neighbor Viridiana Gamiño designed and coordinated this workshop.
16. The Healthy Cooking Workshop, structured and taught by chef Álvaro Andrade, began. In this workshop, participants prepare different recipes chosen to build awareness about the importance of a balanced diet based on macronutrients. During the first session, participants prepared several entrées, and they held a critical conversation on some myths about healthy diets.
11. The Spring Urban Garden Workshop began. It is dedicated to neighbors with urban gardening experience, and was coordinated by horticulturist Mauricio Badillo. The goal is to analyze, increase, and problematize some of their technical and theoretical knowledge about the implementation of domestic urban gardens.
4. For the last session of the year of the Winter Garden Workshop, we invited the internationalist Isai Rocha, collaborator of the Huerto Alas (Wings Garden), a community project located at the Ramos Millán borough. Isaí shared his experiences at appropriating a public space through ecology regeneration actions implemented by the neighbors in that barrio.
26. The sixth session of the Winter Garden Workshop was dedicated to monitoring the plants and to applying the mixtures of substrates, compost, and fertilizers, which participants had prepared in previous sessions.
19. Agronomical engineer Armando Volterrani, our guest speaker for the fifth session of the Winter Garden Workshop, spoke about the dangers of industrial fertilizers, both in domestic gardens and in large-scale farms. Participants began to make formulas using fermented organic matter and other natural compounds.
15. In the sixth session of the Thinking and Feeling Machine Workshop, students focused on the final details of their projects.
14. During the eighth session of the Introduction to Audiovisual Production Workshop, participants practiced interviewing and explored different types of shots to generate fluidity and dynamic movement. Students then edited their videos.
12. During the fourth session of the Winter Garden Workshop, participants continued to monitor their plants and learned more about substrates to determine the correct balance of water, oxygen, and organic matter for different plants; they also collected worms and humus to prepare worm compost.
12. In the last session of the Thinking and Feeling Machine Workshop, students finished the production of the two final sequences; then they interviewed one another, asking about their experiences during the course of the workshop.
8. During the fifth session of the Videogames Workshop, two teams continued developing their projects, working on selecting interfaces, building settings, and interactivity levels.
5. During the third session of the Winter Garden Workshop, participants identified plants in Casa Gallina’s garden to make an herbal medicinal collection. Our guest instructor, Miriam Mora, also taught participants how to make medicinal dyes with some of the harvested plants.
5. During this session of the Thinking and Feeling Machine Workshop, students continued working on the animation production and created improvised alternative animations using the apps on their cell phones.
31. In the seventh session of the Introduction to Audiovisual Production Workshop, filmmaker Alejandro Guerber asked participants to produce short tutorial exercises to assess camera direction concepts and to build nonverbal narratives.
29. During the second session of the Winter Garden Workshop, biologist Francisco Lozano, our guest speaker, talked about specific actions to reduce the environmental impact of a domestic garden. The group also learned how to purify water with seeds and supervised the seeds germinated during the first session.
29. Children in the Thinking and Feeling Machine Workshop recorded the audio effects, which will be used in the animation production.
25. Guest speaker Néstor Jaimen, a historian, musician, and specialist in sound design for videogames, addressed the students in the Videogame Workshop during its fourth session. He spoke about his professional work and supervised the students’ projects.
24. In the sixth session of the Introduction to the Audiovisual Production Workshop, filmmaker Ernesto Martínez Bucio examined archive material with participants to explain several concepts and basic strategies needed in editing and continuity.
22. The Winter Garden Workshop began with a session dedicated to awareness exercises to get acquainted with different species based on the morphological observation of seeds, stems, and leafs. Participants also prepared substrates and explored different germination models.
22. Production of previous results began during the fifth session of the Thinking and Feeling Machine. Participants were dedicated to finish the recording of movements to outline the first animated sequences.
18. In the third session of the Videogames Workshop, teams focused on summarizing the goals for their projects; they also defined characters, problematized the proposed narratives, and continued the technological development of each project.
16. During the fifth session of the Introduction to the Audiovisual Production Workshop, participants practiced sound recording using professional microphones and recorders, as well as their own cell phones. They explored technical specifications required by different types of sound recordings.
15. For the fourth session of the Thinking and Feeling Machine Workshop, participants wrote film scripts based on the results of the imagination exercises of previous sessions. Then they selected two that they will animate.
12. During the fourth session of the Introduction to Audiovisual Production Workshop, participants put into practice theories discussed previously. They practiced photography and lighting using both professional lights and domestic desk lamps in order to be able to use accessible resources in their context.
11. During the second session of the Videogames Workshop, previously formed teams presented their proposals and received feedback from the instructor and from the rest of the group. Based on that information, they explored different technological apps to choose those that met the requirements of their projects.
10. Cinematography was at the center of the third session of the Introduction to Audiovisual Production Workshop. Guest participant, cinematographer Hatuey Viveros, explained the use of light in cinema as a mechanism to create specific ambiances and moods.
8. The third session of the Thinking and Feeling Machine Children’s Animation Workshop was dedicated to group activities to develop characters, settings, and narrative environments.
3. In the second session of the Introduction to Audiovisual Production Workshop, filmmaking examples were examined in order to understand the different shots and sequences involved. After sharing their homework, participants engaged in discussions about constructions of the imaginary based on de-codifying physical features, gestures, and other elements of nonverbal language.
1. The second session of Mapping Nature was held at Figureheads’ Park. New participants joined the tour. Biologists Lourdes Cruz and Iván Samayoa spoke and discussed doubts and concerns about the care of green areas. Neighbors stressed the complexities involved in defending urban trees. While the group was in the process of identifying different trees, a neighbor joined and invited participants to see the more than one-hundred- year-old Montezuma cypress standing in the yard of her tenant house. The results of the tour, and those of the previous tour to the Alameda, will be compiled in a log for the book Mapa natura: un atlas botánico de Santa María La Ribera (Nature Mapping: a Botanical Atlas of Santa María La Ribera), soon to be published.
1. During the second session of the Thinking and Feeling Machine Children’s Animation Workshop, participants did exercises to recognize hearing, smelling, and touching as means to represent the world beyond sight. The goal was to encourage thinking about the boundaries of interpreting visual aspects
26. The Introduction to Audiovisual Production began. The first session was dedicated to the meaning and role of scripts and how to create characters, situations, and scenarios. Homework consisted of exercises to build narratives based on people and situations in the barrio.
24. The first tour of the Nature Mapping program took place at the Moorish Kiosk Alameda. Biologists Lourdes Cruz and Iván Pérez Samayoa spoke about legal and scientific issues to be considered in the appropriate placing of trees in public spaces. During the tour, participants expressed their doubts and concerns about the citizens’ care of green areas. They also shared anecdotes and testimonials about their personal relation with the green areas in the neighborhood.
24. The first video and animation session of the Thinking and Feeling children’s workshop was held. Participating children played introspective games and exercises about issues such as cultural diversity, the ways learning takes place, as well as how feelings produce experiences. They also watched archived material about early filmmaking and animation techniques.
4. Neighbors who had participated in all three Hydroponic Workshops organized an adopt the lettuce crop campaign; to that purpose, two months before delivering the plants, they shared the tasks of germinating, repotting, and preserving the seedlings. They also named a research and design group to produce an informational pamphlet with useful instructions about caring and harvesting these products for those who had adopted the seedlings. This material and the seedlings were distributed at the Alameda on September 4.
1. Jorge Armando Ibarra coordinated a role-playing session for neighbors of different ages and backgrounds, who, in this situation, were able to know more about one another, while practicing dialogue, joint collaboration, and imagination abilities, and by producing fictional narratives.
31. Neighbor Isabel Muñoz programmed a selection of seven Mexican short films at Casa Gallina. Mainly young neighbors came to the program. At the end of the cycle, several participants were interested in joining the Audiovisual Production Workshop.
24–26. Edgardo Aragón begins the production of his piece. In a neighborhood vacant lot he plants coffee seeds. Inspired by the Colombian tradition of planting with music, he invited Joel, a local DJ who specializes in Colombian music, to be in charge of the music. The project will focus on the relation between the landscape, the local economy, and the social problems confronting the participants in the project.Aragón also invited Abraham, a biologist, barista, and owner of the Bello Café, to assist with the planting, growing, harvesting, and preparing of the coffee. The working sessions at the lot have live music for the plants from a local music group that frequently plays at the Bello Café. In these improvisations, the group uses instruments such as Death Aztec whistles, traditional instruments, paper, and stones to produce different musical sounds.
In August at Cadu‘s production process, the ladies’ dancing club performed the ritual of unraveling the mandala that was knitted specially for them. They also danced the choreographies based on their favorite danzones. This final phase of the project demanded two days and the whole event took place and was recorded at the Julio Castillo Theater (INBA), in Mexico City. The 4 x 7 meter mandala began to vanish with the rhythm of the music, while the ladies wrapped it into big hanks of yarn. They also recorded the audio for the sound editing process of the video, which will be the final component of the work. Cadu is currently finishing the two-year collaborative process with the senior dancers—a process that built strong bonds among all the participants and that reflected the ways in which these ladies enjoy an autonomous and affective time through dance while, at the same time, they recuperate the meaning of their own body and of life itself.
6. The Stories to Enjoy the Barrio reading club finished. Coordinated by neighbor Perla Espínola, it attracted several neighbors interested in collective reading dynamics, to problematize neighborly empathy based on the mutual exchange of the interpretations of four selected texts.
July 25 to August 19. The Knowing Your Urban Garden course began. Children from local elementary schools were invited to a workshop at Casa Gallina’s urban garden. Under the guidance of Ketzali Arreola and Mauricio Badillo, the children engage in different activities in the garden to increase their contact and knowledge of plants; they continue in a workshop with the goal of increasing their sensitivity to the botanical world, to facilitate critical thinking about consumer habits, and their understanding about the importance of growing edible products at a small scale for self-consumption.
31. We held the fourth talkof the Support Program for Food Businesses Management. Ilse and Ezra Aguilar from Bó pastisseria spoke about the experience of trading their professional life to work in the food business field, and what they had to learn and put into practice to be successful.
– Estanquillo El 32, a group formed by biologists Iván Pérez Samoaya, Lourdes Cruz, and Joel Tovar, promoted an event called The Day to Day Environment: a Neighbors’ Initiative for a Harmonious Ecological Culture in the Barrio. The purpose was to acknowledge local environmental efforts and to invite other neighbors to join efforts to achieve local objectives. Among the guest speakers were Elena Ibáñez from Perrunos Santa María La Ribera, Sergio Corona, from Enchúlame la bici, and Claudia Chávez from Ver-D.
– The third Hydroponic Systems Workshop was held with a new group of neighbors interested in participating in the critical exercise of problematizing urban agriculture using the barrio as an example. Mauricio Badillo coordinated the workshop and discussions.
29. To close the Meyenberg process,we invited the military band and the project’s collaborators to watch a series of videos that synthesize the co-participation process. The video is shown at the auditorium of the Geology Museum located across the Santa María Alameda. Later, a gathering at Casa Gallina took place.
– The second part of the course on basic computer use was held in June. Casa Gallina invited Eduardo Rojano, a new neighbor, to help reinforce material in the first course and to promote further learning. Rojano coordinated nine sessions in which concepts from the previous course were reviewed at depth, and reinforced with a work program focused on everyday solutions for the use of computers and the internet to help participants organize personal and bureaucratic procedures.
– Perla Espínola, member of the group Libros contra la violencia (Books against Violence)—a project dedicated to encourage the use of public spaces to hold group readings—invited representatives of three neighborhood initiatives with similar purposes to talk to neighbors about the social function of collective reading in barrios.
– To address the growing interest of neighbors in hydroponic systems, as well as the need to respond to people with different schedules, a second hydroponics workshop is organized, now on Saturdays and under the direction of biologist Mariana Luján.
– The Graphic Identity Design Workshop began. Coordinated by Francisco Mateos, it is focused on the needs of local food businesses, and participants are neighbors with basic knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop. Mateos will teach composition theory and technical issues needed to translate the identity profiles of ten local businesses into a graphic support program.
– The first module of the course on basic computer training started. It was organized in response to the interest expressed by seniors in learning basic computer tools that may help them to have access to information and to social interaction. The course was designed and taught by Alejandro Camus based on the needs of the participants. At the same time, we began a permanent support program coordinated by Margarita Morales, a neighbor who also coordinated the film and debate cycle Los frutos maduros son los más dulces (Mature Fruit Is the Sweetest.)
In the third session of the Support Program for the Management of Food Businesses, Lula Martín del Campo (Lulachef) spoke about the importance of maintaining consistent recipes in each establishment, since it is key to improving and preserving the quality of the business.
– Ana María Millán is in her third residency this month, during which she continues to work with the group of gamers. Together they are developing the narrative content for the project. On May 20, Ana María Millán presented her proposal to the inSite team and to three external collaborators: Eurídice Cabañes, Ricardo García Fuentes “Micro” and Ana Bell Chino.
– The in-situ work with the first group of coffee shops in the Support Program for the Management of Food Businesses met weekly at four neighborhood coffee shops.
– Isabel Muñoz, sound engineer and film director, presented her documentary Su mercé (Your Grace). The film closed the cycle Héroe Común: reflexiones cinematográficas en torno a la vida cotidiana (Common Hero: Film Reflections, on Everyday Life). The documentary narrates the story of a music band called Su mercé, the relationships of its members with their barrio, and their city, as well as their resulting creative work. Most of the people in the audience were neighbors that attended all of the cycle. The film prompted a conversation with the director about the importance of identifying and respecting the different layers in the population of the barrio.
– During the second session of the Support Program for the Management of Food Businesses, Jorge Lestrade and Rogelio Vázquez spoke to participants about the importance of image design in a business and about the possibilities offered by the context to have a clear identity that is related to their own context.
29. Creative Mediation Workshop by Pablo Helguera with hosts (guides) from the Geology Museum to encourage cognitive experiences and dialogue in the museum. One of the artist’s interests during his second residency in the barrio was the use of dynamic participation to exchange different types of knowledge and skills. These dynamics have been at the core of his artistic practice.
23. With Multitrueke Mixhuca as collaborator, the first approach was held with neighbors interested in learning and implementing alternative economies. Emma Villanueva and Edith Caballero coordinate this workshop that encouraged critical thinking about the way our economic system operates. A key topic was the importance of finding alternatives to fair business practices. Participants shared ideas about products and services as well as feasible forms of exchange in the barrio.
13. The first session of the fourth Urban Garden Workshop for neighbors in the barrio took place. In its early stage, learning needs were addressed as well as the preparations for hydroponic planting. Coordinated by the horticulturist Mauricio Badillo, 15 neighbors attended. Part of the program will be dedicated to two different hydroponic techniques: one using fixed substrate and the other using the nutrient film technique, or NFT.
13. The second film and debate cycle began. Guest speakers were Isabel Muñoz and Gibrán Ramírez Portela (both filmmakers) who also programmed the cycle: Héroe común, reflexiones cinematográficas en torno a la vida cotidiana (Common Hero. Film Reflections on Everyday Life). After showing “Distancias cortas” (“Short distances”), the first film in the cycle, Alejandro Guzmán and Itzel Lara, the film’s director and scriptwriter, spoke with a group of 35 neighbors about the relationship between everyday life and the film’s narrative.
6. The film cycle and debate Los frutos maduros son los más dulces (Mature Fruit is the Sweetest)ended. Coordinated by the neighbor Margarita Morales, it comprised four films. Morales encouraged the audience to talk about ways to reevaluate the capabilities and performance potential that senior citizens may practice to influence improvements in their community. Together they did some cognitive exercises designed for seniors.
– The final stage of Mestizo, Omar Gámez’s project took place. The publicity campaign focused on masculine beauty, ethnic variety and racial pride and used four images that the artist selected for the billboards. They were placed on some of the walls of the Plaza FORUM Buenavista shopping mall. As part of the project, postcards with the same images and the stories of the men depicted on billboards were distributed among the audience. The images also will be shown at some of the barrio’s gyms.
– Ana María Millán finished her second residency in which she held dialogues with a group of young individuals interested in video games. From January to April, Millán coordinated an exchange process to explore writing personal stories and to build characters and ambiances. The group also visited the Estudios Churubusco (the main film studios in Mexico) and the Antique Toy Museum to encourage creativity and develop skills. Thus they began the process of joining visual and thematic narratives for the collaborative project.
31. After a two-month exhibit and a series of exchanges at the Geology Museum, the Ulises Figueroa project came to an end. During that period, approximately 800 children from neighborhood grammar schools participated in didactic activities focused on encouraging imagination and creativity using playful approaches to scientific knowledge and to encourage reading.
17. Participants in the Natural Cosmetics Workshop produced 18 liters of sanitizing gel, which they gave to food street vendors as a solidarity gesture to the community. In addition to the gel, they provided a pamphlet with information and instructions on how to prepare homemade gel, without the use of chemicals harmful to people or to the environment, and at a lower cost than commercial gel.
16. “Elsa and Fred,” the second film in the Los frutos maduros son los más dulces (Mature fruit is the Sweetest) Film and Debate Cycle, was shown and discussed by the 16 participating neighbors.
9. The Los frutos maduros son los más dulces (Mature fruit is the Sweetest) Film and Debate Cycle began. Coordinated by Margarita Morales, a neighbor with experience in cinema appreciation workshops, this cycle encouraged critical thinking on the prevailing negative myths and imaginaries about seniors in our society. The cycle showed four films, beginning with Luis Buñuel’s “El gran Calavera” (“The Great Madcap”).
25. Abraham Bello, owner of the Bello Café, organized De la planta a la taza: presente y futuro del café en México (From the Bush to the Cup) , a talk with owners of coffee houses and neighbors interested in the topic. Discussions were focused on the current production crisis due to increased coffee leaf rust that will impact the finances of coffee businesses in the barrio. As a result of this meeting, business owners decided to join efforts to address the situation.
24. The Taller de cosmética natural (Natural Cosmetics Workshop) consisted of a group of 18 neighbors. Coordinated by Marisol Torres, head of Cosmetology Studies at the Chapingo University, they made 14 beauty and personal care products, using ingredients grown in the Casa Gallina Urban Garden. In addition they practiced methodologies to market these products on a small scale and to estimate both fixed and variable costs.
17. In mid-February, Cadu shared his artistic experience with students from the Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado “La Esmeralda”(“La Esmeralda” National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving). He also relied on his experience as a college professor to address this community’s topics of interest.
4. As part of his project Universe 4- Zoological Library 1, Ulises Figueroa began his visits to the museum with students from neighborhood schools. Together they reviewed topics about the animal kingdom, human’s carbon print and the importance of water to the planet’s ecosystems.
29. In January, Cadu presented his project for inSite to three experienced guests: Magali Lara, Galia Eibenschutz, and Carlos Arias, as well as to Casa Gallina’s curatorial team. The goal of this meeting was to generate a critical discussion and to get feedback from our guests in order to either expand the project or to rethink the ideas of the Brazilian artist.
17. The II Design Workshop ended. One of the last sessions was dedicated to reviewing the participants’ final proposals that were focused on two visual materials that could be distributed in the neighborhood and that addressed two problems impacting coexistence in the barrio, such as leaving pets’ feces on the street and the lack of precise traffic signage. Material taught during the workshop and the dynamics applied to this end were evaluated. Later that evening a gathering with participants and their guests was held.
16. A gathering was held at Casa Gallina with the participants of El libro de las mascotas (The Book of Pets), during which the project and its general context was explained, and Bernardo Esquinca shared his experience writing the book. In the festive ambiance of this event, participants spoke about the needs, interests and future proposals of pet owners in the barrio. Some of the participating pets were also there. Participants received copies of the book, not only as a memorable token about their pets but also to share the results of their efforts with friends and relatives.
16. As part of his process, Fernando Garcia Dory finished the pop-up book he did in a joint effort with a group of neighbors. The book describes daily dynamics of mutual support and solidarity among these neighbors.
9. As a closure to the Dientes rotos (Broken Teeth) process, Mauricio Limón shared the piece with the participants and close collaborators at the Tamayo Museum Auditorium, where the process was originally videotaped. After the projection, both the process and results were discussed. Hannia, Tierno and Forasteros de la Salsa spoke about the meaning of this shared experience.
9.- As a closure to the Dientes rotos (Broken Teeth) process, Mauricio Limón shares the piece with the participants and close collaborators at the Tamayo Museum Auditorium, where the process was initially videotaped. At the end of the projection, both the process and the results are discussed. Hannia, Tierno and Forasteros de la Salsa talk about the meaning of this shared experience for each of them.
8.- Isaí Rocha, current co-director of the Alas Laboratorio Eco-Urbano (Wings Eco-Urban Laboratory), was guest speaker at the last session of the Urban Farm Workshop, now in its second cycle. Rocha shared his experience of adopting 4,000 meters of green areas at the Gabriel Ramos Millán neighborhood in Iztacalco. This project is aimed both at regenerating agriculture, and at educating the population on agro-ecology and urban issues. Rocha explained the difficulties of promoting such an ambitious initiative, as well as the benefits of the social business model, which generates income and encourages investment in projects that impact a broader social base. He also spoke of the importance of turning ideas into action through written statements, and shared information on environmental regeneration notices that support citizens’ initiatives. At the end, participants organized a gathering with food they had brought.
– To celebrate the conclusion of the 2015 Open Kitchen workshops, participants were invited to a gathering at Casa Gallina and to address their commitment to jointly give back to the neighborhood by catering at a vulnerable institution. Dulcinea Rocha, catering specialist and human rights teacher, was invited to speak. Rocha emphasized the importance of nutritional balance, portion size, and flavors in the preparation of a banquet, while explaining the use of Excel spreadsheets to efficiently manage resources and control expenses in food businesses. The importance of developing models of economic solidarity within the communities was also discussed. Finally the participants designed a menu for Casa Yolia, a local day care center. A meeting with the workshop’s participants and with mothers and children from the day care center was held on December 7 at which eighty menus designed according to the needs of the social initiative were distributed. Casa Gallina has made a commitment to assist Casa Yolia for the protection and care of children from low-income families.
6.- A photographic session of Gámez’ s selection of men from the neighborhood took place to create the campaign image of the project’s proposal. It focused on miscegenation (mestizaje), masculinity and beauty. Using both analog and digital photography, the session took place in an abandoned property lent by a neighbor in Santa Maria to accommodate Omar´s interest in showing urban ruins. Based on a final image selection, Gámez will provide text content and define print formats that may result in images with the most critical impact on the reflection about masculinity and beauty patterns in those predominant prototypes in the barrio.
27.- The Mapping workshop participants met to deliver the printed map on gentrification in the barrio that was considered the culmination of the sessions. In addition to this display, the workshop log was printed and distributed. At this meeting, the discussion focused on the distribution of the printed map to generate critical thinking, reflection, networking and appropriation of public spaces.
– During Cadu’s third residency in Santa Maria, he strengthens the links with the participants in the senior ladies dance class at the barrio’s Casa de Cultura. The group Las chicas de ayer, hoy y siempre rehearse choreographies that include mambo, cumbia and danzón, among various dance styles. Cadu is amused with some of the ladies knitting to “pass the time.” To the Brazilian artist, the link between the ladies embroidering to pass time and their own life passing is an element that is maintained and becomes evident when they dance: it empowers them and entitles them with a new freedom, different from the use and perception of time established by traditional gender roles.
– After post-production involving experts in sound editing, image and color correction, Mauricio Limón delivered the final edition of his piece. Entitled Dientes rotos (Broken Teeth), his work is a two channel HD video.
– The second Graphic Design Course began in November coordinated by designers David Nieto and Jorge Mendoza. New students were added to the group of participants from the first course. The goal of the program is to reinforce and increase skills in the use of digital editing and graphics tools, as well as to strengthen theoretical concepts and to provide practice through creative and design exercises. Therefore, participants are expected to increase their knowledge and skills in this field, to develop communicational skills that enable them to work as a team, and to analyze their immediate social context.
9.- Ulises Figueroa presents his project proposal, in a meeting with the inSite team and three external partners: Marianna Dellekamp, Víctor Palacios and Felipe Zúñiga..
– During her first residency, Ana Maria Millán begins to establish contacts and to identify key areas and social actors. She is particularly interested in the dynamics found in beauty parlors and inl nail salons in the barrio.
19.- In the Graphic Design Course taught by designer Santiago Solís participants practiced vector drawing, image retouching, as well as the use of different fonts, and text boxes. They also analyzed samples of graphic design applied to illustration, and studied notions of composition, conceptualization and color theory. For their final exercise, participants designed three visual communication campaigns with three formal presentation formats: a poster, a flyer and a leaflet, all related to discrimination and public safety issues. The last class was dedicated to feedback, and the final exercises were shown.
15.- As part of inSite/Casa Gallina’s exchange networks, we established a partnership with SOMA, a postgraduate art school and center that promotes dialogue and collaboration among artists and cultural promoters from different backgrounds, disciplines, and generations. To this purpose, Ana María Millán was invited to review and discuss portfolios of three students at SOMA: Laura Meza, Karla Leyva, and Armando Rosales.
– As a result of a joint collaboration with the Museo de Geología (Geology Museum), Ulises Figueroa will use the museum’s special exhibits room as center for his project in which teaching dynamics will be developed as part of the museum’s educational program.
– The second Urban Farm workshop continued with three sessions where the instructor Miriam Mora focused on a theoretical review of medicinal plants, their function, and the proper preparation of tinctures, infusions and poultices. In addition, the biologist Reyna Ozuna gave a talk on the importance of growing medicinal plants at home. This was complemented by a practical session about propagation by cuttings, coordinated by biologist Mariana Luján
– After presenting his proposal, Gámez decided to circumvent the performance structure of the contest and continued the discussion of male beauty patterns in Santa Maria La Ribera. He focused on creating an exhibition method about different types of masculinity in the neighborhood, which could also encourage the potential of including the co-participants’ life stories. In this new phase, the artist and some members of his committee selected five men between 18 and 50 years old for whom they will create specific wardrobes that reveal the image of how these men consider themselves to appear to others.
28.- The Graphic Design Course for youngsters and adults in the neighborhood began. Professor Santiago Solís taught the basic skills to use three professional programs for creating and editing graphics: Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.
26.- The tenth session of Open Kitchen was devoted to recipes prepared with chili peppers, an endemic fruit, which in addition to its high nutritional value, is inexpensive and essential in traditional Mexican cuisine. Guest chef Álvaro Ramos and the group of cooks prepared three dishes with different varieties of peppers; two sauces accompanied the menu. Prior to the demonstration, Ramos talked about solidarity economies, the common good, and possible strategies to give back to the community.
17.- Mister Santa María La Ribera 2016, Omar Gámez’ project, was discussed with two guest speakers, Itala Schmelz and Luis Vargas Santiago, as well as with inSite’s curatorial team. As a result, participants agreed on the need to organize a meeting to encourage critical thinking and a possible reorganizing of Gámez’s project.
5.- In Casa Gallina, the Iconoclasistas work with the participants of the Mapping Workshop to discuss information gathered and the concept of the resulting printed material to be distributed in the neighborhood.
2.- The second Urban Farm workshop began, now dedicated to natural medicine and cosmetics. Two sessions coordinated by Mauricio Badillo offered a theoretical and practical introduction to herbal products, followed by a session with the horticulturist Dante Aguilar, who focused on implementing alternative techniques of growing vegetable gardens in small spaces. In addition, the instructor Miriam Mora taught the first of four sessions dedicated to reviewing the uses and combinations of medicinal plants.
1.- The Iconoclasistas made a collective mapping of the dynamics of the Dalia Market. They worked on topics inherent to the market such as consumption, trade, and sociability issues.
– Filmmaker Manuel Trujillo taught an Intensive Video Documentary Production and Editing Course. It was focused on intensive technical training in the use of the tools required in video production and editing. This training program initially brought together 17 participants, who over a four-week period did different exercises and made a video documentary about several characters and dynamics from the Santa Maria La Ribera neighborhood.
– Omar Gámez and some members of his committee decide to create a new format for the male beauty contest to find Mister Santa Maria La Ribera 2016. All young people who live or work in the neighborhood will be invited to a casting session. The results of the contest, with photos of the winner and finalists, will be published with the aim of promoting different patterns of beauty and of apparel related to neighborhood realities.
29 .- With a group of neighbors, the Iconoclasistas coordinate a collective mapping focused on locating initiatives whose objectives relate to cultural strategies and social structures. This time the work table was placed in front of the church, with the purpose of integrating passersby into the dynamics.
29.- The Open Kitchen workshop ninth’s session focused on beans as a highly nutritious, cost-efficient, and essential food in our diet. Food specialist Ailyn Sánchez and the participants prepared three recipes with different types of beans, taking advantage of the versatility of this legume.
26 .- The Iconoclasistas coordinate the dynamics for the collective mapping at the Alameda of Santa María. The goal is to collect data, experiences, concrete proposals and personal stories in order to map the different dynamics of public space appropriation.
25.- At the end of the Intensive Audio Production and Editing Course taught by Félix Blume, participants presented their soundtrack work and shared their thoughts about the process through a radio webcast from the radio booth at the Centro de Cultura Digital.
22.- Based at Casa Gallina, the Iconoclasistas invited neighbors to do a critical mapping of the neighborhood considering different elements related to quality of life, such as: infrastructure, green areas, use of public space, transportation, housing conditions, and real estate developments, among others.
– Coordinated by Félix Blume, the three-week Intensive Audio Production And Editing Course brought together a group of 15 neighbors, interested in learning and developing skills in basic tools for professional audio.
– Ulises Figueroa shares a first proposal of didactic dynamics and the use of space required to build the Gabinete del mundo animal (Animal World Cabinet). The artist discusses different selections and collections to choose the adequate elements for the cabinet. As a central nodule, the artist proposes a tree made of beeswax, showing animal evolution.
– Mauricio Limón edits the videotapes for the two-screen video presentation. In the post-production process Limón collaborates with professionals such as Diego García, Félix Blume and Axel Muñoz.
25.- The eighth session of the Open Kitchen Workshop was devoted to local and seasonal food. The guest chef, Diego Isunza Kahlo, shared with the participants his knowledge of traditional Mexican cooking, and together they prepared a four-course summer menu.
22.- To announce the results of her research on specific topics of interest in urban agriculture, biologist Gabriela Romero gave an introductory talk on the techniques of growing and preparing edible mushrooms, herbal medicine and natural cosmetics.
21.- Internet radio was used to promote specific actions to regenerate, implement, and care for green areas in Santa María La Ribera. Neighbors, local representatives of green initiatives, and sustainable planning specialists participated.
6 to 12.- Eduardo Navarro’s first residence in Santa María La Ribera is focused on the learning processes at a school for the blind, as well as on the devices needed to transfer texts into Braille. Much of the work of this Argentinian artist is based in the sculptural discipline and, above all, on the ways it can be used in situations and contexts unrelated to art. In recent years, research on issues pertaining to physical and emotional states in individuals with different or impaired abilities and perception has led Navarro to engage in co-participative dynamics with different communities, linking the artistic experience to specific sensory gestures to apprehend and understand the world.
4.- Open Kitchen’s seventh session was devoted to cost-efficient and low-sugar baking. Chefs Ilse and Ezra Aguilar taught the course jointly, with an introductory talk by Rocío Flores Torres, professor of social medicine..
11 to 13.- Mauricio Limón records audio and video of movement routines previously choreographed. The video images show the dynamics of boxing and dancing with Hannia, Forasteros de la Salsa and Tierno. This material will be the basis for the final post-production piece.
– Oaxaca-based artist Edgardo Aragón begins his research. This month, as a resident in inSite/Casa Gallina, he focuses on identifying situations and/or potential dynamics for future partnerships. In his work, Edgardo Aragón has typically explored the underlying social complexity in collective memory. His work features narratives that encourage the questioning and reconfiguring of essential elements of imagination, seeking to build new versions of stories.
30.- Open Kitchen’s sixth session was dedicated to pasta. It was taught by renowned chef Zahie Téllez, with a talk on nutrition by Fiorella Espinosa, professor of public health. Participants made homemade pasta and used it in three practical and inexpensive recipes.
– After extensive research on the history of the property, Tercerounquinto and other partners begin to document the first stages of the demolition of the former gas station. Aarón Reyes, a neighborhood photographer, takes the first visual records of the process prior to the laying of foundations of the housing complex. Similarly, Ulises Vega and Brandon Tovar, two young men who skate every afternoon at the corner of the park opposite the property, agree to record using their cell phones the demolition and early work on the site. Tercerunquinto also gathered some materials from the “7 y medio” original building, with the purpose of integrating them into the visual content of the final piece.
– The first residency of Pablo Ares, member of the Iconoclasistas group, began in mid-May. This Argentinian group has been pivotal in the production of collective mappings that inspire creative approaches, views, and perspectives, which in turn trigger rethinking of common territories. The Iconoclasistas consider these mappings as highly critical and potentially political tools, as well as devices to join the fabric of the community.
25.- The fifth Open Kitchen workshop was focused on preparing four recipes of side dishes. Coordinated by Lulachef, who also addressed the requirements for planning a full menu while considering the nutritional balance and cost-efficiency benefits that the side dishes offered.
22.- During the celebration of the International Day of Mother Earth, a gathering where information on environmental issues was distributed, fresh fruit drinks and seed bombs were offered.
As part of the process of La rueda no se parece a una pierna (The Wheel does not Look Like a Leg), the Lobos Military Band disrupts the daily dynamics of FORUM (the Buenavista shopping mall), using movement and music as an analogy to the routines of power, the military kinesis, and the gears of the economic and social machine. In everyday clothes or in school and military uniforms of different times, and supported by sound and movement, the military band occupies three floors around the central stairs, taking over the circular space and interfering with the transit dynamics, in a manner similar to that of a machine. Flags and military calls, such as the “Silence” call used in funerals, punctuated this sui generis “parade.” At the same time, the 360-degree screen at FORUM shows the band recorded by Erick Meyenberg on locations such as the Monument to the Revolution, Tlaltelolco, and a school. This action, like a flash mob, is inserted by surprise in a place where heterogeneous groups in movement and consumerism are the rule. This action is a critical commentary on political and economic power, on the country’s current situation, and in the ways in which individuals are conditioned by today’s society.
– After the event, participants met at Casa Gallina, where they celebrated the process and exchanged views about the event.
– Erick Meyenberg in a joint effort with editor Martha Uc edit the video that will be shown on the 360-degree screen at FORUM during the performance.
– A group of neighborhood skaters was invited to the house for the first time to watch the skating documentary Bones Brigade – An Autobiography. The activity is the first contact with these young people, which may lead to future meetings and training workshops.
12.- Mauricio Limón presents his proposal to the inSite team and to three external partners: Magali Lara, Ricardo Nicolayevsky and Vicente Rojo Cama, who give their feedback according to their individual field of expertise. Among the issues discussed were the importance of sound, the possibilities of making counterpoints between the sound editing and the image, the notion and understanding of the body as a bearer of personal stories, and the importance of building simultaneous narratives through editing. As a result of the discussion, Limón will make relevant decisions to begin the production process.
28.- Open Kitchen’s fourth session was devoted to a Lenten menu, again coordinated by chef Álvaro Ramos. Guests had the opportunity to visit our urban farm and harvest ingredients for this workshop.
5.- The third recording of La rueda no se parece a una pierna (The Wheel does not Look Like a Leg) project by Erick Meyenberg is finished at the Monumento a la Revolución, a building originally conceived as the Legislative Palace during the Porfirio Diaz administration that was left unfinished at the outbreak of the Revolution. Years later the structure was transformed into a monument to celebrate the Revolution. During this session, Lobos, a military band, performed exercises of spatial appropriation at the Plaza the la República (the plaza that houses the monument), the dome, and the viewpoint of the monument. These exercises included sound performances with some traditional military calls, with distorted sounds, and with sounds imitating wolf howls.
– With a background in art pedagogy, Helguera began his work process in the neighborhood, researching the history of the museum and its dynamics. He also contacted the Escuela de Cultura Popular Mártires del 68, a neighborhood public high school, in order to generate synergy between the museum and situations in this learning institution, which may lay the groundwork for a joint project.
31.- Erick Meyenberg makes the second recording with the Lobos band at the Centro Cultural Tlatelolco, both on the upper terrace of the building as well as on one of the abandoned floors. The band also carried out exercises on the esplanade in front of the Church of the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, which houses buildings from the three most significant historical periods in Mexico: pre-Hispanic, Colonial, and contemporary.
27.- Mauricio Limón invites some members of Forasteros de la Salsa to Casa Gallina and shares the video recorded during his research. Based on exercises in the video, Limón encourages the dancers to participate in several sessions with the purpose of creating a new choreography, using certain relationships of gesture, movement and meaning found in boxing and dancing.
26.- Open Kitchen’s third session was focused on soups and broths. It was complemented by a talk on healthy eating habits and alternatives to industrialized food. This time we had chef Niki Nakazawa and nutritionist Katia Maldonado as guests.
24. – Erick Meyenberg makes the first recording for his project La rueda no se parece a una pierna (The Wheel does not look Like a Leg) with the Lobos Military Band, at the Colegio Hispano Americano. This and the following sessions are recorded with three cameras and a video drone directed by Julien Devaux. Félix Blume was in charge of the sound recording. The purpose of the session is to appropriate the three floors in the school by means of choreographies designed during previous conversations.
Omar Gámez and his committee meet at the Microteatro (the performing arts facilities) to discuss Mister Santa María La Ribera 2015, the Masculine Beauty Contest. Topics discussed were guidelines for the notice, potential jury members, and possible locations for the event. Thus Gámez and the members of the committee analyze proposed ideas to shape the structure of the event.
14.- In several meetings held at Casa Gallina, Limón shows recorded material to Tierno (a boxer) and Hannia (a young dancer and former boxer) to encourage collaboration as well as to foster the dynamics of choreographic improvisation and exchange between the two.
During his second residency, Fernando García Dory focused on identifying social areas of interest to establish an initial dialogue with potential co-participants. He was interested in the small indigenous community Ayuuk who have a restaurant in the neighborhood, and in a group of men with different backgrounds that gather at a tire repair shop. Response to his efforts was enthusiastic, and García Dory was able to establish an ongoing dialogue with the group of men aimed at a creative collaboration in the near future.
6.- Open Kitchen’s second session, coordinated by chef Álvaro Ramos, was devoted to salads. To complement the session, Mauricio Badillo gave a brief introduction on growing urban gardens in small spaces; both activities emphasized the nutritional and economic aspects of the dishes featured.
– Tercerunquinto organized a series of meetings with local people to learn more details and to gather personal records about the property called “7 y medio.” The research aims to collect information from neighbors related to the history of the old building soon to be demolished. The information will result in a log that will include narratives and recollections. The resulting discourse and collective imaginary will be included and may be rearticulated as a piece in the new blueprints for the housing unit at that site.
– Fernando García Dory’s second residency in the barrio began in November. García Dory identified certain lines and fields of interest, as well as actors and strategies to generate a dynamic partnership in the future
– Work for the vegetable garden begins with germination of seeds, the setting up of a drip irrigation system, and distribution of substrate for the planting beds.
17. To start Open Kitchen, over twenty neighborhood cooks were invited to attend a workshop on preparing artisanal sauces, taught by chef Elena Reygadas, who shared her culinary experience in order to connect the group to the house.
12- 22. As part of his research, Mauricio Limón held a gathering where the dance group Forasteros de la Salsa danced at Casa Gallina and at the Quiosco Morisco.
1-19.- Meyenberg coordinated several sessions with the Lobos Band in collaboration with choreographers Nadia Lartigue and Esthel Vogrig. Members of the band explored movement in response to the music while exploring body expression. The band also held a meeting with costume designer Adriana Olivera, where they explored the idea of approaching costume as a communication tool with symbolic content, using military costumes from different times. They rehearsed at the Julio Castillo Theater, located at the Centro Cultural del Bosque.
For their process, Tercerunquinto chose a former carwash, located at the intersection of Torres Bodet and Carpio streets, opposite the kiosk of Santa María La Ribera. The site was the former “7 y medio,” which will be soon demolished to give way to a new building.
For his research, Omar Gámez invites people who are employers or generate cultural dynamics in the barrio to be part of a committee and creatively develop and organize a masculine beauty contest. The owner of a very popular beauty shop among the young, a neighborhood dancer, and a theater promoter in Santa María La Ribera are some of the individuals involved to this date.
Two fundamental concepts in Meyenberg’s project, were evident in the working sessions he held with the Lobos Band: promoting the exchange of experiences and fostering creative processes. During the sessions he emphasized the interrelationship of choreography, the iconic references of military bands performances, and body-sonic experiences in contemporary performance. The band held a first fun-working session at Casa Gallina.
As part of their research, Tercerunquinto established contacts and held meetings with some construction workers currently working on housing units in different areas of Santa María La Ribera. In their research in the barrio, Tercerunquinto continued exploring one of the characteristics of their previous work: the dynamic and temporary nature of the relationship that construction workers have with the physical space they build.
The second commission of Contextual Studies was an ethnographic survey of the La Dalia Market, the goal of which is to create an economic and social tool for the market vendors. A mapping of the market’s physical space and the distribution route of the products will perhaps follow the survey, but the survey itself will provide information about the history of the market, the demography of the vendors, their religious and civic practices, and the consumption habits of residents in the neighborhood. This survey is a joint effort of the ethnologist Barut Cruz and designer Maru Calva, who will conceptualize the use, distribution and visibility of this potential tool.
As part of the collaborative process with the Lobos Military Band, Erick Meyenberg proposed a summer course designed to explore acoustic and digital sound resources, to experiment with choreography and costume, and to research the history of military bands. The eventual aim is creating an interdisciplinary project with experts such as composer Alejandro Castaños..
The remodeling of Casa Gallina was completed in July, including areas for the residencies of commissioned artists, the workspace, and the community exchange area. As originally planned, the remodeling maintained the original structure, including floors, fittings, colors and finishes in the house, as well as the fluidity between the interior and the exterior.
The project supports the concept of the house as a shared living space. Far from any attempt at being aspirational, stylized or linked to consumption, the focus is on the enjoyment of being there and of sharing in an environment open to exchange and to nature. Thus, the atmosphere in the house encourages us to rethink our daily inertia, and to question our relationships and consumption habits.
During his first residency (July 11-17) Kader Attia establishes initial contacts with the neighborhood, which help define some interesting components for future research. Among these elements are recycling processes and the reuse of consumer goods, as well as the barrio’s patrimony and the value of existing archives, in terms of the barrio’s memory. Attia was also interested in women who embroider or sew in groups, in the historical background of migrants established here, and in the cultural features of the Arab culture remaining in Santa María.
– Mauricio Limón, an artist based in Mexico City, begins his research in the neighborhood. Limón has previously worked with residents of neighborhoods near Santa María. This time he has started a dialogue with two groups that meet at the Quiosco Morisco: one of boxers and the other of dancers.
– During their first residency, Fernando García Dory and Cadu identify situations, spaces, and dynamics of interest that could generate a dialogue, which may help in shaping of the proposal.
– C·Cubica, focused on the restoration of Casa Gallina. They begin the structural reinforcement of the building, updating existing plumbing and electricity, while salvaging the windows’ ironwork and the traditional mosaic floor. To make room for Casa Gallina’s urban garden, the demolition of an added building in the back begins.
– Fernando García Dory gives a lecture at Casa del Lago, titled “Campo de fuerza: tentativas sobre una proyección agroecológica del arte” (Force Fields: Attempts on an agro-ecological Projection of Art).
– During his first residency, based on his interests, Fernando García Dory established contacts, exchanges, and dialogues with experts on agro-ecological processes, urban farms, landscape architecture, and environmental design, such as TOA, Tonatiuh Martínez of Entorno, Gabriela Vargas of Cultiva Ciudad, and Mauricio Badillo of UVA Tlatelolco, among others.
-Began by C·Cubica in December, the restoration of Casa Gallina continued with the cleaning of walls and adding structures to the original building, while adjusting architectural blueprints. The work included enlarging openings in the house, flattening lumps and restoring the pitch of the rooftops, and repairing gutters.
-Based in Mexico City, artist Erick Meyenberg begins his research in the barrio in February. To identify possible participants and collaboration strategies, and to define the proposal itself, Meyenberg visits the area and establishes contact with potential collaborators.
– Rodrigo Bustamante coordinates a socio-anthropological diagnosis of an area limited by the streets of Enrique González Martínez, Eligio Ancona, Fresno and Eje 1 Norte José Antonio Alzate. The diagnosis itself is a first formal approach to the neighborhood that may lead to the understanding of the context and social relations interwoven within the community and the productive life in the barrio. Another purpose of the diagnosis is to identify some of the shared knowledges and interests in the area, as well as to identify socio-cultural trends, productive characteristics, and materials in the barrio.
18.- The house for Casa Gallina, on Sabino 190 is purchased.
20.- C·Cubica architecture began restoring and adapting spaces following inSite/Casa Gallina’s programmatic structure. C·Cubica’s design will maintain the documented historical features of past restorations.
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