Installation Projects 3D Faces to Raise Awareness of Genetically-Modified Corn

Maize, also known as corn, was domesticated in Mexico 8,000 years ago. It still remains a staple of the Mexican diet as well as having deeply religious, social, and cultural significance. Activists fear that this distinction is threatened by genetically modified (GM) corn. To rally support for the country's native crop, design studio Maizz Visual created an audiovisual installation entitled Dioses del Maz. The stunning work features three-dimensional faces of Pre-Hispanic corn gods projected overtop of four trees in Mexico City's Parque Mexico.

To meet the demand for corn, the country currently imports much of it from the United States, specifically from genetically-modified food proponent Monsanto. Critics warn that this new maize not only threatens agricultural diversity but the Mexican corn culture as well. Additionally, it will open the door to the privatization of the maize seed market to a few mega-corporations.

Dioses del Maz is meant to raise awareness about the concerns of GM corn critics. The projections took place for two nights in front of thousands of people, and the eight faces of the deities moved through smooth video transitions. A couple of projections fit on a single tree and were accompanied by pre-hispanic music, sounds, and voices, which undoubtedly made for a moving performance.

The gods included in the installation were: Cocijo I and II; Tlaloc I and II; Quetzalcoaltl, Chalchiuhticue, and Xilonen.

Maizz Visual website
via [Inhabitat]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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