Within this casestudy about the past, present and future of corn, Various Artists developed a datagraphic that abstractly visualises the research and raw data he collected of the past years. The drawing serves as a design for a carpet that is made by a group of weavers of La Vida Nueva. Patricia Tovar bridges the work of the weavers with the artistic work of Various Artists and as an anthropologist does her own research on the story of the milpa and corn in the lives of the weavers.
During the residency of nadine and Various Artists in Oaxaca and March and April 2012, we organised meetings with the weavers, a visit to the milpa and researched the presentation possibilities of the drawing and the carpet in the future.
Since the kickoff of the EITC project in 2011, Various Artists started working on a research about corn. He studied the history of the corn and the effect that world politics and population have on the past, present and future of this plant.
The casestudy Il Castillo/ Zea Mays is part of a bigger research of Various Artists called G-ke, that consists of 8 big installations on geopolitics. Corn, as one of Mexico's most important plants economically and symbolically, became a focus within the G-ke project Various Artists travelled to Mexico for EITC.
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