summaery2016: Projects

Narco Cultivations

Project information

submitted by

Azucena Del Carmen Sanchez Espinosa


Maria Degand


Mindaugas Gapsevicius, Ursula Damm

Faculty / Section:
Art and Design

Degree programme:
Media Art and Design (Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.))

Type of project presentation



Winter semester 2015/16

Exhibition Location / Event Location
  • Marienstraße 5

Project description online

Drug trafficking is a major world problem, one of the main countries involved in this violence and trade is Mexico. A 2015 Congressional Research Service report estimates at least 80,000 people were killed in Mexico due to in organized crime related incidents since 2006. Most of the organized crime relies on drug trafficking.

There are many things involved in drug traffic, even though it is all about money and power, it is also about connections, whom works for whom, how many people are involved, what's the amount of land they "own", etc.. In this case power to drug dealers is food for physarum polycephalum.

Physarum Polycephalum, an amoeba/slime mold was used as the medium to express a social idea, drug war. Physarum lives in the forest, specially in damp and shady areas. It feeds from decomposing bacteria. In the lab it is grown in petri dishes and fed with oats. It is better known for creating the most efficient connections between two or more points and its electric pulses.

Narco Cultivos is a metaphor and an analysis of how primitive this business can be, compared to physarum polycephalum. I call it primitive for they "think" but they also act as an instinct. Little by little important cities are attacked in a 3D printed version of Mexico where physarum polycephalum lies. The way this organism moves in reaction to more or less food, gives us an insight of what would happened with power, control, drugs movement or even people if drug cartels were to be attacked.

Exhibition Location / Event Location