Mexico, D.F; San Diego: inSite/Casa Gallina; Installation Gallery (inSite US), 2018. color and b/w plates, tbls., color pict wrps. Item #111920
Thirteen years after the inauguration of inSite_05, the fifth edition of INSITE located on the border between Tijuana and San Diego, this book tells the story of the sixth edition known as inSite/Casa Gallina, a six-year project located in the neighborhood of Santa María la Ribera in Mexico City. The collective process of developing this publication involved the neighbors and inSite/Casa Gallina participants, the permanent team (some of whom are neighbors), contributors engaged by the inSite/Casa Gallina team to lead specific actions (workshops, courses, artistic projects), and invited guest writers (those who were not affiliated with the project or neighborhood, but were asked to write about specific related topics). This book is, therefore, among other things, a collection of the experiences of individuals who were, at various points, in contact with inSite/Casa Gallina and its activities. The project proposed that although there would be artists (predominantly from Mexico) invited to participate in residencies and long-term research, neither they nor their works would be the main focus, but would constitute only one of the elements of a constellation of cultural, educational, scientific, and communal-social activities organized by inSite/Casa Gallina with residents of Santa María la Ribera. Instead of seeing the community at the service of some form of reconceptualized notion of “social art practice,” the initiative would focus on the neighborhood in order to provide new opportunities for the community to rethink and see itself as such. Of all the INSITE editions, inSite/Casa Gallina is the one least focused on art, but it is also one that has concentrated on challenging curatorial conventions. This publication shows the many ways this took shape over the six years that the edition was unfolding. TWO EDITIONS; ENGLISH OR SPANISH PLEASE SPECIFY. CONTENTS: Telling the story of inSite/Casa Gallina / Pablo Lafuente -- Housing change -- A vegetable garden, a classroom -- Cultivated visions: the home vegetable garden -- A house is a neighborhood, a neighborhood is a house / Joshua Decter -- Open table: creating bonds -- The trust route: circulating support -- Prestaduría -- Business owns and designers -- A week at Casa Gallina / Jesús Carrillo -- Facebook Casa Gallina -- Vocabulary of belonging -- We are more than just those who you see here / inSite/Casa Gallina team -- Dialogues on display -- Universe 4-Zoo 1: a cabinet of the animal kingdom -- A minimal botanical atlas of Santa Maria la Ribera -- Living with water: getting to know the valley of Mexico City basin -- Dust: a critical reflection on the impact of mining in Mexico -- Allende-Apollo XI -- Marvelous economy / Víctor Palacios -- Green network: the power of seeds -- Newsletters -- New territories: A wager without a spectacle? / Michael Krichman and Carmen Cuenca -- The wake of neighborhood learning -- Mending holes with dinosaur patches / María Berríos -- The first gift -- While we're here / team acknowledgments -- Food and resilience -- Network imaginaries: neighborhood affects and the politics of locality / Josefa Ortega and Osvaldo Sánchez -- Local knowledges: defending the environment -- Accompaniment: unfolding paths as a work of art -- The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg / Erick Mayenberg -- Tropical depression / Edgardo Aragón -- Porcelain / Marianna Dellekemp -- Broken teeth / Mauricio Limón -- I am mandala / Cadu -- Five invisible haiku / Eduardo Navarro -- Wanderlust / Ana María Millán -- Vestiges / Rfiki Sánchez -- Unbraiding / Damian Ontiveros -- Mnemonic matter: the law of the similar / Osvaldo Ruiz -- Collective mapping / Iconoclastas -- Mestizo / Omar Gómez -- Collaborative sculpture / Tercerunquinto -- Floating crafts / Cynthia Gutierrez -- Child heroes / Itzel Martínez -- The thinking machine -- Some numbers -- Casa Gallina: nesting the imaginary -- Forged words: neighborhood dialogues -- Expanding the network -- Niches for temporary get togethers -- Shard futures -- Withdrawal into the public sphere / Nina Möntmann -- Registering localities -- Designing prototypes with collaboration tools -- Raising awareness about the flow -- Actors and programs: a chronology.