Century 21

Replica of the typical provisional dwelling found in many of the informal communities on the periphery of Tijuana. Placed at Tijuana’s Cultural Center main plaza, juxtaposing the monumentality and solidity of the Mexican institutional architecture, and the fragility of a nomadic structure, symbolic of an insurgent and flexible urbanism, which permeates the majority of the constructed landscape of this border city.
In front of the structure there was a display table with computerized architectural plans of the informal construction. Authorized construction permits granted by the municipal authorities, without verifying the location and conditions of the improvised settlement were also displayed, thus exposing the corruption of the local government’s urban development office.
The interior of the installation contained modest furniture, a lamp, a refrigerator and a 13” black and white television. All appliances were connected to a cable, which was “stealing” electricity from the CECUT. The installation became a parasite, which fed on the main building. The television remained turned on for the extent of the installation, exposing the programming that millions of Mexicans endure daily. The installation was open to the public who inhabited the piece.