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Corporatocracy, Democracy and Social Change (in Mexico and Beyond)

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Mexican artists Minerva Cuevas and Eduardo Abaroa describe some of their artworks in a discussion ranging from social ecology and the role of human beings in the destruction of the natural environment, to the contrast between Mesoamerican and Western Civilizations and the development of science and industry. Cuevas opens with the provocative statement that life is overvalued and questions the concept of human civilization, prompting an exchange about the obsolescence and senselessness of the current capitalist system and its global consequences. She talks about her film Landings and her project Not Impressed by Civilization. Abaroa cites his works Destrucción Total del Museo de Antropología and Amphibian-Alphabetic and holds that the development of science is necessary to confront ecological crisis. Cuevas criticizes the current industrial processes and their global effects and proposes a more democratic option, one in which art is a catalyst for real social change.
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Keywords: Belo Monte Dam; Eduardo Abaroa; Landings; Mexican art; Minerva Cuevas; Murray Bookchin; Wixaritari; civilization; science; social ecology

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2013-01-01

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