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Xipe Tótec noviembre 25, 2010

Posted by christian saucedo in Display LED.
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Tipo. Pantalla LED – autoactiva

Autor de la instalación. Thomas Glassford

Edificio. Torre del Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco

Ciudad. Ciudad de México

País. México

Año. 2010


Imágenes. http://anotartemx.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/inauguraran-faro-xipe-totec-en-centro-cultural-tlatelolco/


Vía. http://anotartemx.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/inauguraran-faro-xipe-totec-en-centro-cultural-tlatelolco/http://www.museumashub.org/neighborhood/museo-tamayo/thomas-glassford


En el marco de los festejos por el centenario de Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM se inauguró sobre la totalidad de las fachadas de la Torre del Centro Cultural Tlatelolco la instalación Xipe Tótec del artista estadounidense Thomas Glassford.

En este edificio, diseñado por Pedro Ramírez Vásquez, se tejió una red que alumbrará el lugar y  hará de faro de la Ciudad de México. El concepto nace de la fascinación del autor por las formaciones de la naturaleza subatómica, mismas que se pueden percibir, por ejemplo, en los cristales.

Alrededor de varios estilos arquitectónicos, con las ruinas de templos aztecas y a lado de una iglesia virreinal, Glassford decidió bautizar su obra con el nombre de  Xipe Tótec, en honor de la deidad mexica que dio alimento a la humanidad. Así también, el artista pretende continuar con las tradiciones de esta cultura, revistiendo al edificio como lo hicieran los sacerdotes con sus guerreros, en símbolo de una nueva era cultural de este centro.


Quasicrystals Screen, 2008
Cut vinyl on glass
Courtesy the artist

Thomas Glassford’s project proposes giving a fresh “skin” to the former Foreign Affairs tower on the Plaza of the Three Cultures in Tlatelolco. This building, designed by the architect Ramírez Vázquez, has recently been taken over by Mexico’s national university to become an important new cultural center. The ambition of Glassford’s project involves giving this building a strikingly new visibility as it seeks to change its identity. The outer surface Glassford proposes is a geometric pattern constructed from colored neon tubing, hung on transparent wire netting. Taken from the structure of quasi-crystals, this non-repeating “atomic pattern of infinite change” was identified by the mathematical physicist Roger Penrose in 1974. Here this design is used symbolically, as a reference to the multiple, cyclical, and ever-changing attempts throughout the history of the site to generate new cultural movements at Tlatelolco.

Artist Statement

The idea of giving another skin to the site of Tlatelolco follows the tradition of the Plaza de las Tres Culturas and clearly re-marks the institutional charge of the modernist building of the triad. This is not another concept of effacement but one of full respect of all structures and of the tower itself, a relatively transparent skin or net that would maintain the modernist edifice of the architect Ramírez Vázquez. At night this isolated tower would beam on the cityscape, marking its new use as the Centro Cultural Tlatelolco, a beacon to draw visitors and to re-invigorate the neighborhood of Tlaltelolco itself.

The concept of using the structure of quasicrystals as a conscious and cohesive pattern, one that represents a newness of intellectual study, an ancient presence and what is ultimately a natural crystalline framework in itself, places a prominence on the conglomeration of previous attempts to idealize a cultural movement on this site, be it conquest or utopian urbanization. This atomic pattern of infinite change celebrates this process and recognizes in its natural complicity of geometry, the endless nature of culture not only to this site but marks Tlatelolco’s complex historical continuum though humanity worldwide.

With an eye on UNAM’s invested presence in the arts and science, this project attempts to express the notable restructuring of this complex as a beacon for cultural movements with its newfound use.



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