Culture Code-X

Absurdist Protest

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Bay Area-based Chicanx artist Broobs aka Ruby Marquez makes mural portraits of black and brown victims of violence.

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

The object of study in semiotics is not the signs but rather a general theory of signification; the goal of each “audit” is to build a model demonstrating how meaning is produced and received within a category or cultural territory. Signs on their own, therefore, only become truly revelatory and useful once we’ve sorted them 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.

“Octopus” by Mexican artist Yoshua Okon — he asked undocumented immigrants from Guatemala to  reenact their days fighting in Guatemala’s civil war… in the parking lot of a Home Depot.

ABSURDIST PROTEST” NORM: Using sly humor and cultural references to protest social injustices..

The Repellent Fence is a social collaborative project that created  a large-scale temporary monument located near Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora. A commentary on the absurd nature of the US/Mexico border.

ABSURDIST PROTEST” FORMS: Subverting Catholic iconography. Tackling social injustice with humor and weirdness. Mexican and Mexican-American artists using sly wit, and reappropriating Mexican cliches.

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

Tags: CODE-X, Mexico