[-empyre-] The Remittance House

Ricardo Dominguez rrdominguez at ucsd.edu
Thu Feb 18 02:01:07 AEDT 2016

Hola Alva,

Thanks for sharing the work that you have been doing and developing 

The text that you shared reminds me of Alex Rivera's documentary the 
/Sixth Section:


/This perhaps this enfolds the question of transversal economies, 
remittance cultures, and the field of dreams and immigration (specific 
to Mexico/U.S. conditions) - but perhaps at play on global scale as 
well, I would imagine.

The undocumented create not only a construct a baseball stadium, buy a 
baseball team, get instruments of the band -a dream society back home 
that most of them will never be able to touch or smell-but non-the-less 
create a form of agency at a distance (a networked existence or 
expression) that forces governance at state level to finally responded 
and meet face to face with undocumented. The undocumented use the 
"imaginary" sixth section of their to force the state government to meet 
with them and start to build roads and infrastructure.

Very best,

On 2/16/16 11:52 AM, Alva Mooses wrote:
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> In responding to the topic of networks and migration in the 
> Mexico/U.S. context, I think of Sarah Lynn Lopez’s research, The 
> Remittance House: Architecture of Migration in Rural Mexico. Lopez writes:
> Remittance houses are emblematic of a profound shift in rural Mexican 
> society. Perhaps the single most striking quality of the remittance 
> construction is the social distance embedded in its form. Scholars of 
> the built environment can contribute to the study of how migration is 
> transforming rural Mexican society by analyzing changes in spatial 
> format both migrants’ places of origin and points of arrival. Social 
> relations stretched across geographies and exacerbated by distance 
> increasingly define places. Places in Mexico are marked by the 
> absences and familial fragmentation that constitute ‘migration as a 
> way of life’. These absences are a necessary precondition for migrants 
> to realize their dream houses.
> Over the past year I have been working with four NY-based artists that 
> are originally from Mexico, Cuba, Chile and Brazil to form the 
> collective Grupo < > <http://cargocollective.com/grupomasquemenosque>. 
> We have been meeting a couple times a month and corresponding with one 
> another via email to create a collective text that connects personal 
> narratives of origin to our work. Throughout the text we are able to 
> discuss our distinct experiences as a refugee, immigrant, the 
> experience of temporary work abroad and diaspora. We repeatedly 
> describe the architecture of the spaces that we have lived in, the 
> geography and language; at times multiple voices become one.
> This is a clip from one of our first shared readings of the text: 
> https://:.com/155157046 <https://vimeo.com/155157046>
> We are currently discussing ways for our Grupo < > project to extend 
> beyond the five of us.
> Kind regards,
> Alva
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