YUCA_TECH: ENERGY BY HAND
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“But the utilitarian component I seek is not focused to make something that is useful more beautiful, but on the contrary, it’s focus on the beauty of its utility. Observe the investigation of the concept and its potential use as an aesthetic element.” – Tania Bruguera (About Useful Art).
Yuca_tech: Energy by hand is an art project of social content, which seeks to create community work to solve local problems, using low and high tech resources, juxtaposing tradition and innovation with appropriate technology.
Yuca_Tech is a laboratory focused in community technology, located in the henequen manufacturing area of Yucatan, whose aim is to create a series of artistic/technological pieces like photovoltaic textile artifacts and some pieces with light using tecnological materials and traditional fibers within a craft process. Its Important that the final pieces work with solar energy and represent an improvement in the life of the community.
For the artist it is important the idea that people learn to make their own technology because this generate a bond of affection between people and technological object.
Some of the manufactured objects are solar textile panels, everyday objects with solar powered LED light (hats, sandals) and some solar bags designed to store electricity, that have been tested by some street vendors, that sell energy for 5 peso a minute to passerby needing to charge their cellular phones.