Culture Code-X

Dark Fantastic

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2016 Amat Escalante movie

The CODE-X series catalogs a vast codex of source codes (aka “signs”) extracted from past audits.

Note that signs on their own, while sometimes interesting, only become truly revelatory and useful once they’re sorted into thematic complexes, and the complexes into codes, and the codes into a meaning map. We call this process “thick description”; the Code-X series is thin description.

From Guillermo Del Toro’s El laberinto del fauno (2006)

DARK FANTASTIC” NORM: The sinister side of magical realism.

“Duelo,”a 2019 commercial for Mezcal El Silencio, features alebrijes in Beastly Bloodsports

DARK FANTASTIC” FORMS: Visual references to fairy tales, Catholic iconography. Monsters, including alebrijes. Visual beauty vs. grotesqueness. Guillermo del Toro, of course, but also Issa Lopez, Amat Escalante… The movies often reflect on the struggles of Mexicans.

From a 2020 study of “Mexican-ness” codes — as perceived in US culture.

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