Cuba: The Matrix Inside-Out
On Saturday, I head out to Cuba for background research for Frontera 2. Cuba is like the Matrix turned inside-out; the bad guys are the ones trying to squeeze access to the “virtual” world, and keep people stuck in a rather limited material world. To see what Cubans have to say about this, I recommend Voces Cubanas, particularly the blog of Regina Coyula. Some of the blogs have English versions; if not, just paste into Google Translate and you get the gist. Cuba has a lively art scene; check out Havana Cultura for videos of various artists. One that our group will be visiting is José Fuster. Current US law forbids “importing art” but allows us to obtain “visual research materials.” This kind of approach appears typical of current US-Cuban relations.
From Saturday through the next week, I’ll be exploring Havana and Pinar Del Rio, known for its rainforest among other things. If I have access to the Internet, I will try to post on the blog, so stay in touch.
If you were going to Cuba (or have been), what would you want to look for?