Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Espectros de la ciudad de México

Juan Villoro


“Espectros del DF” (Spectres of Mexico City) approaches the theme of urban discourse from the perspective of a simulacrum. One of the largest cities in the world, Mexico City is difficult to take in as a physical environment, being defined on a day-to-day basis by the representations its inhabitants make of it. These go right back to the founding image that haunted the Aztecs (an eagle devouring a serpent) and even includes possible contact with aliens. The images of a city translate it into something else, bringing it into the realm of virtual logic, shaping it through collective desires and wishes. Its adornment (forged in an aesthetic of waste) and its nomenclature contribute to this imaginary appropriation of the city.

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