MARC 521. Errin Francis. “The Rite to Oblivion.” Mexico City, Mexico. Spring 2020.
As the global technoscape expands, the consumption of electronics is devastating landscapes and ecologies, due in part to a crisis of forgetting. Technological advances increasingly disembody our collective memory - the encoded, stored memories of a specific group defined by cultural and spatial intersections -, and instead create virtual spaces for selective remembrance, over-riding physical loci. By engaging the scale of the city, the physical embodiment of collective memory, this project introduces a new type of public architecture. The proposed Technology Forum in Mexico City infuses memory into the urban technoscape by re-proposing a synchronicity of technology with cultural rituals.