Puente Negro / Textile performance

I have been developing a large format textile intervention composed of codes inspired by the iconography of the Mogollón cultures that inhabited the US Mexican border from 1000 BC -1350.

As part of my research on textile technology and environmental protection. This series of QR codes seeks to interact with the audience through mobile devices with data about history, pollution, endangered species, a sound file among other data can be consulted.

The intention is to get closer through art to a new narrative about the Rio Grande, its importance and our relationship with it. #codigosvivos #aguaesvida #elrionoesunafrontera #wsa_matextile
Winchester School of Art


“Rivers are networks in motion, they are alive by their own and that life is what we must protect and take care of because water gives us life,” said Terrazas Islas, who has been struck by how birds come to drink water contaminated” El Diario de Juarez


Berta Vive, la lucha sigue!

“The Lenca people are ancestral custodians of the rivers, also protected by the spirits of the girls who teach us that giving our lives in multiple ways for the defense of rivers is giving our lives for the good of humanity on this planet” Berta Cáceres #aguaesvida #riveroflife #riobravo #bertavive #laluchasigue #scketchbook

Photo credit: https://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/she-die-multiplied-honouring-berta-caceres/


Fibers found as environmental pollution in the Rio Grande.

All of them of synthetic compounds that completely affect the quality of the water and at the same time the micro-plastics that are released and are ingested by the fauna of the river including migratory birds / endemic species as well as the crops of the Valle de Juárez. not only fibers, including heavy metals) This type of pollution not only affects our region but also flows into the Gulf of Mexico-Atlantic Ocean.

New laws are required to commit to curbing this problem urgently. #elaguaesvida #enviromentalracism #riodevida #exploraciontextil


The racist policies in the border between México and USA have eroded from our collective memory the notion that the Rio Grande is a living organism. If we re-signify our concept of the river as one of our main sources of life and not as a territorial boundary between the two countries, perhaps many things could start to change.

The Rio_Arduino textile tuner aims to capture the song of the migratory birds that arrive each year to the Rio Bravo as the american nuns also known as “himantopus mexicanus” and transmit it through an textile arduino to a radio / web signal in real time. The device is made it with synthetic fibers found as waste in the Rio Bravo, cotton dyed with governor, cochineal and walnut, conductive threads, a microphone and some electronic devices with which the transmission is made possible.

The idea is to bring a space in which we can have an experience with the life of the species that pass through the river and get closer to the environmental issues that happen in this specific area and that are of the utmost importance to consider, such as the resource of water.

The problem of pollution in the Rio Bravo affects the health of the populations along the border on both sides and its effects flow into the Gulf of Mexico. Hundreds of plastics are threaten human life and species in this area .

In the construction of this textile device I have worked hand in hand with the engineer Aldo Portillo from FabLab who has taught me a little about electronics and he is the one who has made the tuner programming so that we can listen to the song of the birds in real time.

Rio Arduino

(Textile tuner, 2021)