ON THE OVERFLOW FORMS OF THE COLORADO RIVER DELTA
            LOS DESBORDAMIENTOS EN EL DELTA DEL RÍO COLORADO




On the Overflow forms of the Colorado River Delta is an ongoing research that intends to address the geology of the Delta and hydrogeological memories in Mexicali, Mexico. It seeks to recognize and trace the consequences of systemic extractivism under a geological reading: from the time-space scales, the domination and control over water, necropolitics, and how it interacts with our present ecologies. This work will explore themes related to the material extractivism of the territory, its plundering, and hydrological dispossession, but it also attempts to narrate from a fictional point of view, through deep listening and the formal studies of these ecologies. The reflection arose from the sites of Laguna Salada and the Cerro Prieto volcano and geothermal plant. “On Overflows in the Colorado River Delta” will be part of Archivo Familiar del Río Colorado—a growing community archive that seeks to gather, give visibility, and rewrite the intimate stories of our human-river relationship, primarily but not exclusively in the Delta region.

“On the Overflows” was conceived within the framework of the Postnatural Independent Program (PIP) coordinated by the Institute of Postnatural Studies in Madrid.  For the presentation of the project at INTERMEDIAE MATADERO, I presented a series of intervened maps with notes, images, and archives intended to juxtapose and stratify the multiple contradictions that exist in the geohistorical narratives of the delta region of the Colorado River. In them, I desired to have a conversation with settler-colonialism in Baja California, with the dispossession and privatization of subterranean commons, with the river water that has not dampened the desert in decades, and the future of systemic extractivism in Baja California.

This research has been supported by PECDA Baja California 2023-24.