DEMO HOUR: Milpa PolímeraIssue: XXV.3 May-June 2018
Marcela Armas, Arcángelo Constantini
Inspired by the conflicting relationship between the market-driven economy of maize and its deep symbolic and cultural value in Mexico, Milpa Polímera is a 3D printer modified to function as a tractor that plants infertile seeds made of polylactic acid, a thermoplastic biopolymer produced from a patented strain of corn. The machine is trapped in an absurd and perverse cycle that contradicts the very origins of corn: a plant domesticated about 10,000 years ago by a collective civilization whose cosmogony and culture saw it as a shared source of life.
Unsettled artifacts: Technological speculations from Latin America. Leonardo 50, 4 (Aug. 2017), 410–437; https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/LEON_a_01459
Marcela Armas and Arcángelo Constantini
|A tractor robot travels along a fixed circular path, sowing its artificial seeds.|