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THE MEXICO PROJECT
updated by Howard Boland - 02 Feb 2012


The Mexico Project :: An Ecological Invasion is a bio-invasive work, which includes the transplantation of two genetically modified cacti into nature/wildnerness. The Mexico Project explores ideas of belonging, constructions of nature and wilderness through releasing novel specie. In focusing towards the specificity of where non-commercial genetically altered entities belong, it opens the movement from The Cactus Project and its transformation into The Mexico Project where it exerts the desire to be released. Ideas of remythification and liberating organic techno-social life forms into the wild are surfaced. In the first transplantation, one transgenic cactus was transplanted in Desierto Sonorense, opening up discourses of the wild (raw nature) and the transgenic cactus' emancipation into a life in the matrix of binary oppositions. Narratives of hybridism, bioinvasion, bio-enrichment and belonging this transplantation opens attempts to look at positive and generative outcomes. The second transplantation into nature amongst domesticated plants genetically contaminated both by sexual promiscuity of plants and intervention of man (unintentional and intentional) explores narratives of biopollution. Both transplantations explores belonging and constructions of nature. The transgenic cacti were either in the lab constantly being monitored or displayed in exhibitions where they were gazed upon. These processes led to our discussion (2002) of having them transplanted. We felt they needed to be released. They wanted to be set free. Our peculiar interaction with the plants and the space they were in pointed towards the direction of their entrapment. They looked trapped hence the interpretation conversed to their setting free. However, it was after arriving back from Mexico, where all thoughts, ideas and manifestations of the project re(in)versed. Setting free from what? Where do they (really) belong? Hence, opening discourses of belonging. This transgression propelled discourses of nature/wild as a social narrative rather than the ingrained metanarrative. Hence leading to series of questioning what nature/wild is? And with that, it's being further de(re)miraged by (bio)technological accelerations.

They were set free in Mexico. One transplanted with its large family of cacti’s in north and the other, with its transgenic cousins in the south. Their journey into Mexico is documented and recorded through a book and video footage.

© c-lab 2004, transplantation
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C-LAB:event: THE MEXICO PROJECT :: TALK
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The Mexico Project
Overview
Year
2004
Status
completed
Keyword(s)
bioinvasion
landscaping
genetics
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