Americas

Amor Muñóz
YUCA_TECH: ENERGY BY HAND

This installation is the result of a local technology lab located in the Mayan region in Mexico. This project focuses on the development of alternative forms of production through collaboration with women crafters in a small village located in the Yucatan henequen zone (Mayan Region.) This laboratory was designed as a community technology lab that involves the creation of technology-based artworks using solar energy and combines indigenous crafting techniques with open-source technologies and new materials. In this case, the laboratory lab used the group of Mayan women that make their living crafting hammocks with the prehispanic technics and raw end materials (henequen maguey) and open-source solar panels. The group of women created artifacts that would benefit their daily life, for example, in the workshop thy created lamps, and flexible solar panels easy to transport and protect from the environmental conditions from the region.

Juxtaposing tradition and innovation with appropriate technology, Yuca_Tech´s project participates in efforts to strengthen the community by using low and high tech resources. The served community learns to make their own technology, an important aspect for Amor Muñoz.For her, it is essential that the final pieces work with solar energy and represent an improvement in the life of the community. The manufactured objects span solar textile panels, everyday objects with solar-powered LED light (hats, sandals), and some solar handbags designed to collect electricity.

Amor works across textiles, performance, drawing, sound, and experimental electronics to explore the relationship between technology and society, showing a special interest in the interaction between material forms and social discourse. Muñoz is especially interested in how technology affects fabrication systems and how manual labor and handcrafts are changing in a contemporary global economy. Her research is focused on the history of technology, language systems, technological obsolescence, appropriated technologies, handicraft and production systems. Her process is linked to DIY strategies and the Maker movement.