Category Archives: Mexico

¡Un Saludo! An Audiovisual Conversation on Movement, Technology, and Memory in Cumbia

Cumbia sonidera is Mexico’s bass-heavy, sound-system reinterpretation of music originally emanating from the Colombian northwest. During performances, the sonideros (DJs) mix songs and get on the mic to recite fans’ dedications to people and places. These shout-outs (called saludos) trace … Continue reading

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La Pista de Baile, PST LA/LA & LACE

I am excited to be collaborating with Colectivo AM (Mexico City) and LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) on “La Pista de Baile.” Below is the description of the event: La Pista de Baile by Colectivo AM organized by Daniela Lieja Quintanar … Continue reading

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Fare protest!

On December 20th of last year, I made the attached recording at a subway station in Mexico City.  On it, the normal voices of travelers resound a bit more loudly than usual through the expansive above-ground station.  There is shouting … Continue reading

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Archiving Sound in Mexico City

  Recently Mexico’s Fonoteca Nacional, National Sound Archive, opened an exhibition dedicated to the paisajes sonoros (sonorous landscapes) of different neighborhoods of Mexico City. Lauren Villagran reports: How Mexico City sounds is part of the country’s cultural patrimony, according to … Continue reading

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Sacred Bells and Sparklers, San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel’s Bells We had kept as good of a handle on time as we could as while sipping mescal negro. “Qual es lo más ahumado?” my sister had asked the bartender. “What’s the smokiest?” It bit like grappa. Sucking … Continue reading

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Performing Plants

Guest contribution from garden designer and writer Honey Sharp: When I first wandered into the The Conservatory of Mexican Plants at El Charco del Ingenio, an impressive botanical garden in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, I was met not only … Continue reading

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