Mexico City has innumerable famous monuments– from statues honoring the country’s founding heroes, to modern art in sculptures, to unbelievable sites like the Hidalgo Metro’s Virgin (the legend said to have formed from a trickling of humidity). But perhaps the most interesting monument of modern times is found close to the Chapultepec Forest entrance. It is a decorative tower officially called, “La Estela de Luz” (“The Stele of Light”). It was nicknamed by the political left wing as the “The Stele of Corruption;” on the other hand, young millennials longingly call it “La Suavicrema.” This joke stems from the structure’s onyx slabs that dynamically light up at night, and which shape reminds of a popular dessert industrialized in Mexico at the end of the 20th century.
The lower part of this symbol–located on the Avenida Reforma and representing the six-year period of ex-president, Felipe Calderón– houses the Digital Cultural Center. It was inaugurated in 2012 with the goal of making technology in Mexico City more accessible for all citizens, in a way that’s simple, fun, and engaging.
On the official website, we find a multimedia map that measures Mexico’s creativity against various rubrics. It’s here fascinating to verify that the country experienced an important revolution of technologically-guided meet-ups between 2013 and 2018. You can check out the map here.
With the support of the financial group, BBVA Bancomer, the Center offers “Espacio X” (“Space X”). It is a totally immersive experience, employing virtual reality goggles for all interested enthusiasts to explore the city’s libraries.
The Center also features digital literature archives and rooms, as well as an experimental editorial that uses digital platforms to facilitate collaborations across arts and disciplines.
One of the Center’s most famous and anticipated events is the “Hackaton.” It is a 24-hour showcase of technology in Mexico City that brings together the public in a marathon of programming, video, design, and other related and didactic, technological activities.
“The Memorial” is found in the Center’s basement. The space is vast and sonically isolated, providing the ideal chasm to listen to the music and sound art that has been especially designed for this arena.
And if that isn’t enough, the Center also offers workshops. Here, older generations that don’t know how to use digital devices, smartphones, or computers can gather to receive training and engage in the digital era. The rule is simple: that they come with their own gadgets or laptops.
We therefore suggest to our WebCreek teammates in the WeWork Torre Reforma Latino (and those readers outside of Mexico, when you come to our country): visit this space, in which you will find everything from expos on digital art, to software workshops and forums, to interesting conferences about technology and new internet trends. The Digital Cultural Center is open from 11am to 7pm, Tuesday to Sunday, and the entrance to all activities is totally free.