and.. what about the blocked against the people..?? nothing to do..??
Technological disobedience. In Cuba after the trade embargo started, Cubans learned to disrespect the "authority" of objects, rethinking their original purpose and life cycle. Stoves that run on diesel from trucks, satellite dishes made of garbage can lids and lunch trays, and taxi signs consisting of old fuel canisters, fans made of washing machine engines welded to boat propellers. "When something breaks, they patch it up. When something doesn't work, they fix it. And when something is altogether lost, they invent it. They grill meat on metal chairs. They seal the bottoms of cars, transforming them into boats."
Just outside Havana, in the childhood bedroom of illustrator Edel Rodriguez, a washing machine engine welded to a boat propeller has become a makeshift fan. This kind of cobbled-together contraption is common in Cuba. So are stoves that run on … Continue reading →