A project by Rosa de Fatima Constanza Garcia Sobrevilla, Elizabeth Albarracín, Victor Sakata/ Lima, Peru
She wakes up early in the morning and she sights looking to the floor; she climbs down the stairs and remembers that she already know what it’s coming for her, her sadness increases by every step she takes. Once she’s is the ground floor, she looks at her family and they look her back with a smile in their faces, there are holding a birthday cake with the number 18. Elizabeth has crying eyes. Nevertheless, she can’t hold her emotions, she doesn’t understands why is she excited and with a deep nostalgia at the same time, but the second emotion prevails at the moment she raises her head and look at all her family with crying eyes too; she knows that there’s no coming back and she has to go; all in the room already know this and they also know how does it feels, everybody has felt this before.
She goes out of the room, and the rest of them follow her; she looks for the letters in the mailbox and takes out the special one. She opens it, she reads.
All of her information is correct.
Her name, her parent’s, her identification number… And her address. Elizabeth reads her new address, and now she knows where she has to go to, she takes a look to the analysis report that comes with her new identification; it seems like everything is in order and she has to leave as soon as she can; everything has been determined by her racial characteristics and her true origin, it has also considered her aptitudes and other factors.
She has to leave everything now.
In alternative to the tattoo a medallion is distributed to every newborn. At the stroke of the 18 years, the necklace will start changing color whenever the owner is requested to relocate to a different area of the country. Different colors will correspond to different locations.
-We consider a real struggle: The unequal development of Peru’s interior cities in comparison with Lima, the capital city.
-We consider also a real characteristic: We, Peruvian people, have a multicultural origin, even our biological origin comes from many regions of Perú because of the strong miscegenation we had.
-We want to highlight the result: Lima is overpopulated; that’s because of the migration of many people form the interior of the country; they came to Lima because of the higher opportunities to access to better schools, better jobs, etc. But many of them didn’t really want to come.
So, when do we have a real connection with the place we really come from?
Because of this situation our scenery contemplates an equal development of the different cities of Perú; all the emergencies and natural disasters and solved in the blink of an eye. But what happened before this so it could be possible? Now we use people as a mobile resource.
The cities, the suburbs, the little towns; they’re all in constant movement, traveling from one place to another.
The new system determines that every person gets a skin tattoo in the right wrist at the moment they are born; it means that once you get a certain age you should move from your hometown to another place.
The system considers a lot of information data to define the place you’re going to move to; it mixes and superimpose information so you’ll get a balanced result for all the factors that were considerate, such as where does your DNA says you come from, or which city’s weather would be the best for your health; or it even can considerate your social and professional aptitudes. The system duality consist in whether the decision could turn a person’s life in the happiest one or in the most miserable one. Is it an equal opportunities utopia? Or is it a freedom restriction dystopia?