Xochipilli stirs up passions with a powerful game-ritual: Patolli

Visitors and players have connected with the mexica god of flowers, art, games and hallucinogen plants at Cafe Patolli, all sorts of offerings have been made in order to get into the board that represents the universe and in which every turn is an opportunity to offer or receive the treasures and common wealth that Xochipilli gathers and redistributes in the community.

With the purpose of creating a space to gather, play and experiment,Cafe Patolli has revived this mexica game which was forbidden by the spanish conquerors for provoking free and unexpected economical relationships among the indigenous people in Mexico.
The game-ritual has brought out the spiritual, the strategical, the competitive, the conceptual but mostly the true essence of its players in Queens, this last weekend an intense session took place among kids from the neighborhood.
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Cafe Patolli is a space for economical, artistic and knowledge exchanges, this past Sunday July 10, it celebrated the opening of the the 1/1/1994 library, which is a wonderful collection of books that have been gathered by the members of the Diego de la Vega Coffee co-op throughout their living, traveling, researching and meeting valuable people and projects that nurture this collection that has grown in different geographies including New York, Tijuana and Mexico City metropolitan area.

DMS Exchange Rate.

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The Digital Material Sunflower exchange rate at the beginning of this week is:

17.78 Digital Material Sunflowers x 1 Second Life Linden Dollar.

The Nano-Macro-Economy is experiencing a lot of growth, this seems to have come at the expense of everyone’s purchasing power. However, as the money supply and DMS users are expanding, in the end it can only be good news. The currency will eventually find stability, and perhaps then we will be longing for days of growth like the ones we’re having today.

Anti-colonial Flame-throwing weapons.

The winner of this past weekend CyberPunk Unit draw (what was formerly known as Lotería Cyberpunk) was Red, in Denver, Colorado (USA). She was given 48 hours to complete a really important mission, which consisted of collaboration thinking, researching, writing or producing any material that could speak about the weapons that should be used to combat the current conditions of classism, racism an inequality that result from colonialism. Some of the questions posed were: “What kind of weapons would you think should be used? technology? strategies? social psyche? What could be done to start the fire on people, to make it last and find the right ways?”

The mission was acomplished. The answer by Red was:

“Here are some  weapons that come to mind:
Reparations
Military strategy
Armas
Re-education
Control over food, water, energy – even if it’s at a different scale
A cultural transformation with other definitions of success and happiness
Strong solidarity networks
New historical narratives
Collectively imagining different and better futures – and planning how to get there.
Control over time, rhythms
A different way of handling health care and care of the old & sick
Psychic weapons to combat fear”

Red will be sent a new mission by postal mail and rewarded a 100 Digital Material Sunflowers. You can read about  previous succesful missions here.

If you want to participate in this sunday CyberPunk Unit draw please visit the homepage of Sabotage.

Tlacatlaolli: A labor-backed coin was born.

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Tuesday July 05, Queens NY.

There’s been a lot of excitement about the beautifully crafted Tlacatlaolli, a new coin that was just released last Thursday in Queens. The beaver, an animal that inhabited the lands of the Yamecha, the indigenous people that once lived is Jamaica is now revived as an anti-colonial and labor symbol in the shinny-reddish coin.

The Diego de la Vega members, who conspired the creation of this alternative currency, spoke about this powerful tool of community engagement:

“We thought about creating a special currency that neighbors could use to exchange knowledge, time, labor and invent interactions that never occur through the paths that corporations set, which are mainly utilitarian roles of production and consumption that happen in designated spaces… it was also important that people actively participated in the design, thinking about new codes and values for this trading instrument” said artist Gabriela Ceja.

The process for the design of the Tlacatlaolli went through several collective stages that included artistic and pedagogical excercises in which neighbors thought about economy; the Diego de la Vega economies and finance research group invited artists, curators and members to propose ideas and discuss about value, price, world currencies and stock exchange.

The mexica word “Tlacatlaolli” refers to agriculture and the production of corn, which implies hard work, patience and care, it is the human sweat that is given to nurture the members of the community.

Fran Ilich, creator of spacebank said that one important aspect of the Tlacatlaolli is “the possibility of experimenting with a coin that is worth an honest and well done job and that it offers the opportunity of using it within the nano.macro economy of the DMS, this feature implies the growth of its circulating currency”.

The price of the tlacatlaolli has been stablished as one day of the Mexican minimum wage which is 73.04 pesos; it has a dual value of 5000 DMS, today 2.14 dlls in the apple currency converter ($3.71 when it was launched).

Tlacatlaollis can be earned at Jameco Exchange by playing patolli, joining the community labor network and visiting the exhibition that closes on July 17.