Labor = Mass x Acceleration x Displacement, 2014

Mexico City, Beijing and Nueva Delhi

L = M x A x D is an audiovisual project that compares the elaboration of foods in three different countries: tortilla in Mexico, dhori in China and chapatti in India. They share the same category of basic food in the daily diet of their countries’ populations like a companion, support and envelop of cooked dishes, and also they are produced from the kneading of a grain or a legume, to take form of a dish that is the size of a hand.

Being common in these three countries the conditions of extraordinary precariousness of work, each culture organizes diverse ways to produce foods: divide work, procedures, times of production, organization of the workplace (manual, semi manual, semi industrial). A meticulous register of this procedures was made and turned into a video installation that is a poetical and graphical analysis – of the denominated pseudo-Therbligs*- of the movements needed to complete each task, which places on critical relief different universes and cosmogonies of work. The video installation is composed of a long table where three different kinds of flour are displayed as screens of wheat, corn and rice.

*Under this concept, the 18 physical elemental movements required to complete any work task, are defined.

The project culminates with a book about patent processes of the different tools that have been invented to produce tortilla (grounding, kneading, flattening). The majority of these inventions belong to these countries, specially India, Turkey, Mexico. The patent system and the patentors are all american.


Stills. Process of making tortilla, chapati and dabing in Mexico, India and China

Video installation, projection on wheat, maize and rice flour. Variable measures, 2014.

Calvo, Sandra. Patentes sobre procedimientos, sistemas y tecnologías. Tortilla, chapati, dabing y similares. C. S. Patent Services, 2014