MATTER OF TIME Project
For Matter of Time, Laboratorio Lacustre is creating a duo of site specific installations on bodies of water. One will be installed in the fountain of Ennejma Ezzahra in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia; the other in the canals of Xochimilco, Mexico City. In Xochimilco, plant materials have been used since pre-Colonial times to create arches and decorations for spiritual rituals and festivities. With this installation, Laboratorio Lacustre updates and transforms this traditional offering to create a new opening, a relationship between two sites of cultural heritage. By using vegetal matter literally grown from the environment in which they work, not only does the work play with time; it is also transformed by time.
Laboratorio Lacustre is a multidisciplinary Xochimilca collective that combines perspectives from industrial design, visual art, weaving, and anthropology. Their aim is to reconfigure identity, landscape, and cultural heritage by researching and exploring local plant materials. It is the result of a project initiated by Design Altiplano, and its members are Rodrigo Ocaña, Leonardo Guerra, Atzin Juárez, and Eduardo Moreno.
“We have to learn to configure a new kind of identity in this territory. To know what once was, but also to know what we have now and what we can do with it.” – Rodrigo Ocaña.
Installations, site-specific interventions, object design
Plant leaves, roots, wood
EXHIBITION / WORK SELECTION
2021 | MexicoCity.Mx | Coloquio de Diseño Sustentable | UNAM | Laboratorio Lacustre
2021 | MexicoCity.Mx | Cartografía Viva | FAD, UAM, Faro Tláhuac | Map of territorial culture and identity by Laboratorio Lacustre
2021 | MexicoCity.Mx | Online | Taller Laboratorio Lacustre | Video workshop series
2020 | MexicoCity.Mx | Bienal UNAM, MUCA | Nuestros Colores de Nuestra Tierra | Installation
2019 | Laboratorio Lacustre is founded in MexicoCity.Mx
2017 | Design Altiplano is founded in MexicoCity.Mx
Courtesy of Laboratorio Lacustre