Quipu Fronterizo / Border Quipu

Quipu Fronterizo / Border Quipu curated by Tanya Aguiñiga

Border Quipu will be displayed on the AMBOS billboard August 20-28th

As the largest border crossing in the world, the US/Mexico border can be seen by some as the perimeter of Latin America. The edge of Mexico, Central and South America. The point at which 300,000 of our identities and histories are checked everyday. Quipu Fronterizo expands on this notion, and uses the Andean Pre-Columbian organizational system, or “quipu”, as a framework to record our daily migrations to the north. In the Quipu Fronterizo project, US/Mexico border commuters on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro Border Crossing will each be given two strands of thread and asked to anonymously tie them into a knot. The strands represent the US and Mexico’s relationship to one another, our two selves at either sides of the border, and our own mental state at the point of crossing. Each knot will be collected from commuters and tied to other knots made that same day. The cumulative series of daily bundled knots will then be organized into a large-scale quipu and displayed on a billboard above the AMBOS market space hub. The Quipu Fronterizo seeks to materialize our connection to one another as a community and make our presence and experiences visible to bi-national audiences.

Dialogue in Transit: Conversations @ The Crossing

Dialogue in Transit: Border Soundscapes curated by Josh Kun

Josh Kun and Geovanni Zamudio aka IOB (Intrepida Orquesta de Beats) will join us in the Cog•nate cruiser to speak about music that has delineated and blurred the US/Mexico border and shaped the Tijuana / Los Angeles soundscape. Each conversation will take place inside of our cog•nate cruiser, a radio-station-wagon, as we wait in line to cross the border. The ensuing dialogue will be live-broadcast over hyper-local pirate radio at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on 87.9 FM. This special iteration of Dialogue in Transit is part of AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides), a collaborative project created to recontextualize borders and generate a localized hub for international collaboration.

 

Dialogue in Transit: Conversations @ The Crossing

Dialogue in Transit: Border Soundscapes curated by Giovanni Zamudio aka IOB (Intrepida Orchesta de Beats)

Josh Kun and Geovanni Zamudio aka IOB (Intrepida Orquesta de Beats) will join us in the cog•nate cruiser to speak about music that has delineated and blurred the US/Mexico border and shaped the Tijuana / Los Angeles soundscape. Each conversation will take place inside of our Cog•nate Cruiser, a radio-station-wagon, as we wait in line to cross the border. The ensuing dialogue will be live-broadcast over hyper-local pirate radio at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on 87.9 FM. This special iteration of Dialogue in Transit is part of AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides), a collaborative project created to recontextualize borders and generate a localized hub for international collaboration.

Escalas Fronterizas: Border Sites + Sights + Cities

Escalas Fronterizas: Border Sites + Sights + Cities Curated by Cog•nate Collective / Pablo Martinez Zarate + Isabel Gil Gomez + Juan Alberto Apodaca / POLEN [Adriana Trujillo + José Inerzia]

Escalas Fronterizas invites vendors and the thousands waiting to go across to reflect on the meaning, function and evolution of borders like the one that divide cities such as Tijuana / San Diego and the USA / Mexico nations through cinematic representations in visual arts and in pop culture. The series of projections that will take place at the border represent diverse perspectives contemplating the border as a site (Border Sites) -- geopolitical + local ecologies -- the border as a visual environment (Border Sight) -- visual culture + popular representation -- and the border as a series of narrative cites (Border Cites) -- local/regional history. The intervention explores this theme moving between the macro and macro scales, abandoning both the abstract dimensions of the border as well as the palpable experience at sights like the San Ysidro port of entry.

This first part was curated by Adriana Trujillo + Jose Inerzia [POLEN]

01 Derakht / The Tree (El Árbol) Dir. Roya Eshraghi.  Cuba / Irán / Costa Rica. 13:27 min, 2015.

    A partir de la imagen de un árbo crecido en el quinto piso de un edificio en ruinas, cuenta la historia de un desarraigo y migración. /// From the image of a tree growing on the fifth floor of a building in ruins, the film tells the story of displacement and migration

02 Horizon (Horizonte)  Dir. Marko Sipka. Bosnia And Herzegovina / Hungary / Austria.  29 min, 2015.

    En la gran llanura del sur de Hungría, hay una familia que vive en una granja aislada , lejos de la vida moderna , urbana y sin mucho contacto con el resto del mundo. /// In the great plain of Southern Hungary, there is a family living on an isolated farm, far away from modern urban life and without much contact with the rest of the world.

03 Walls (Muros). Dir. Miguel López Beraza. Hungría / España 10:00 min, 2014

   Un día en la vida del Sr. Istvan y la Sra. Magdi, vecinos desde hace muchos años, es narrada por el edificio de Budapest en el que ambos viven. Las paredes que les rodean desvelan sus pequeñas pasiones, historias y rutinas.

04 Delimitations (Delimitaciones)   Dir. José Inerzia. México-USA. 28min, 2016. 

En 2014, los artistas Marcos Ramírez ERRE y David Taylor remontaron la frontera histórica entre México y Estados Unidos a partir de 1821. Un territorio perdido y vasto hoy reconquistado por mexicanos ilegales que trabajan día a día para sobrevivir. // In 2014, artists Marcos Ramírez ERRE and David Taylor traced the historical border between Mexico and United States from 1821. A lost and vast territory, today reconquest by illegal mexicans who work day by day to survive.

05 Ils Nous Tueront Tous... / Nocturne.  Dir. Sylvain George. Francia 10:00 min, 2009

    Descripción de una redada contra inmigrantes cerca del puerto de Calais, en medio de la noche. Descripción, en la oscuridad, de una noche política. Este cortometraje forma parte de Outrage & Rébellion, una película colectiva dirigida por Joachim Gatti, cineasta que fue gravemente herido por la policía durante una manifestación pacífica en Montreuil en julio de 2009. // Description of a raid against migrants near the port of Calais , in the middle of the night. Description, in the dark of a polieced night. This film is part of Outrage & Rebellion , a collective film directed by Joachim Gatti, filmmaker who was seriously wounded by police during a peaceful demonstration in Montreuil in July 2009

 

 

liminal(mente)

Liminal(mente)

The idea of liminality is defined, according to folklorists Arnold van Gennep and Victor Turner, as “the intermediate moment in a ritual characterized by a sensation of ambiguity and disorientation, where the subject transitions from a process of restructuring in which their notions of identity, time and community are dissolved in anticipation of the following state of being. It’s then the moment where trivialities are suspended, which allows the step between one social condition and the other.”

“La liminalidad es el momento intermedio en un ritual … que permite el paso entre una condición social y otra.” Victor Turner, antropólogo

The experience of crossing the border is the epitome of the liminal experience, in which a sector of the population of México and the USA experience a ritual in which its notions and customs are in redefinition during that period of transit. There are uncountable amount of anecdotes in which there is a description of a switch in morals and social behaviors when a person crosses to “the other side” due to the socioeconomics and policies of each Nation-State. By highlighting these differences, liminal(mente) proposes to catalyze new possibilities of thinking stemming from a sonic disruption to a common situation as is the border crossing.

liminal(mente) is a piece and performance divided in two moments: The first component is a capture of the soundscape of the San Ysidro Border Crossing in the Tijuana-San Diego region through strategic field recordings. Later, a brain-computer interface (EEG) will be used during the ritual of border crossing to create a generative composition made up of said recordings with the objective of posing the question: What is the  internal sound (the individual) and the external sound (collective) in waiting  between the sociocultural contexts of Mexico and the United States? The result of this performance will be recorded and later transmitted through the temporary pirata radio station of Cognate collective.

 

Escalas Fronterizas: Border Sites + Sights + Cities

Escalas Fronterizas: Border Sites + Sights + Cities Curated by Cog•nate Collective / Pablo Martinez Zarate + Isabel Gil Gomez + Juan Alberto Apodaca / POLEN [Adriana Trujillo + José Inerzia]

Escalas Fronterizas invites vendors and the thousand waiting to go across to reflect on the meaning, function and evolution of borders like the one that divide cities such as Tijuana / San Diego and the USA / Mexico nations though cinematic representations in visual arts and in pop culture. The series of projections that will take place at the border represent diverse perspectives contemplating the border as a site (Border Sites) -- geopolitical + local ecologies -- the border as a visual environment (Border Sight) -- visual culture + popular representation -- and the border as a series of narrative cites (Border Cites) -- local/regional history. The intervention explores this theme moving between the macro- and macro- scales, abandoning both the abstract dimensions of the border as well as the palpable experience at sights like the San Ysidro port of entry.

 

Escalas Fronterizas: Border Sites + Sights + Cities

Escalas Fronterizas: Border Sites + Sights + Cities Curated by Pablo Martinez Zarate + Isabel Gil Gomez + Juan Alberto Apodaca 

Escalas Fronterizas invites vendors and the thousand waiting to go across to reflect on the meaning, function and evolution of borders like the one that divide cities such as Tijuana / San Diego and the USA / Mexico nations though cinematic representations in visual arts and in pop culture. The series of projections that will take place at the border represent diverse perspectives contemplating the border as a site (Border Sites) -- geopolitical + local ecologies -- the border as a visual environment (Border Sight) -- visual culture + popular representation -- and the border as a series of narrative cites (Border Cites) -- local/regional history. The intervention explores this theme moving between the macro- and macro- scales, abandoning both the abstract dimensions of the border as well as the palpable experience at sights like the San Ysidro port of entry.

PROGRAMMING

1) BORDER+CITY | , Pablo Martínez-Zárate. Investigación, Juan Alberto Apodaca, 4:41 min.

Mashuo con visiones cinematográficas sobre el cruce fronterizo Tijuana-San Ysidro, lo chicano, lo urbano y sus múltiples (des)encuentros.

2) Lo que Dios ha unido que no lo separe el hombre | Dir. Ana Luz Duarte y Paola Saracho, México, 4:33 min, 2016.

Lo que Dios ha unido que no lo separe el hombre es una carta-planteamiento, que nos invita a reflexionar sobre el papel que viven las familias que son separadas por los muros fronterizos impuestos por el hombre y la manera en que estas mismas limitantes se diluyen en la naturaleza, demostrando que la esencia y los lazos no cambian aún en tiempos de crisis. 

3) El corazón de Fanny | Dir. Omar Yñigo, México, 12 min, 2004.

Fanny, una prostituta de Tijuana, se enamora de su apuesto cliente, pero este abusa cruelmente de ella. Al contarle lo sucedido a sus amigas todas ellas deciden unirse para pagarle con la misma moneda.

4) The Z´s (Los Z) | Dir. Giancarlo Ruiz, México, 27 min, 2009.

Two americans decide to visit the City of Tijuana and buy tons of Pharmaceutical drugs and smuggle them back across the United States in piñatas. As they visit the city they end up in a house of a very powerful family of zombies known as The Z’s who will help them with their problem. The stereotypes of this film help capture the absurd relationship of two society's engaging in a game of cat and mouse. 

5) BORDER+CITY | Pablo Martínez-Zárate. Investigación, Juan Alberto Apodaca, 4:41 min.

Mashup con visiones cinematográficas sobre el cruce fronterizo Tijuana-San Ysidro, lo chicano, lo urbano y sus múltiples (des)encuentros.

6) Sleep Dealer (Traficantes de sueños) | Dir. Alex Rivera, EEUU/México, 86 minutos, 2008.

Memo Cruz (Luis Fernando Peña) is a young man in near-future Mexico. When his family is victim of a misguided drone attack he finds himself with no option but to head north, towards the U.S./Mexico border. But migrant workers cannot cross this new world border – it's been sealed off. Instead, Memo ends up in a strange digital factory in Mexico where he connects his body to a robot in America.

7) Tijuana, sonidos del Nortec | Dir. Alberto Cortés, México, 57 min, 2012.

In Tijuana the educational, cultural and artistic projects start from a collective essence, the true secret of the border city. 

 

 

Dialogue in Transit - Part II: Border (Counter) Narratives

Dialogue in Transit - Part II: Border (Counter) Narratives curated by Adrian Aranciaba + Kendy Rivera

Radio programming will include audio recorded and produced during (2) Dialogue in Transit events, inviting artists, researchers and activists from Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana to wait in line with us inside of the cog•nate cruiser and participate in a conversation about the past, present and future of the border region and its citizens.

Escalas Fronterizas: Border Sites + Sights + Cities

Escalas Fronterizas: Border Sites + Sights + Cities curated by Cog•nate Collective / Pablo Martinez Zarate + Isabel Gil Gomez + Juan Alberto Apodaca / POLEN [Adriana Trujillo + José Inerzia]

Escalas Fronterizas invites vendors and the thousand waiting to go across to reflect on the meaning, function and evolution of borders like the one that divide cities such as Tijuana / San Diego and the USA / Mexico nations though cinematic representations in visual arts and in pop culture. The series of projections that will take place at the border represent diverse perspectives contemplating the border as a site (Border Sites) -- geopolitical + local ecologies -- the border as a visual environment (Border Sight) -- visual culture + popular representation -- and the border as a series of narrative cites (Border Cites) -- local/regional history. The intervention explores this theme moving between the macro- and macro- scales, abandoning both the abstract dimensions of the border as well as the palpable experience at sights like the San Ysidro port of entry.

AMBOS Closing Bash

AMBOS Closing Bash

2-3pm: Presentations by AMBOS artists

3-4pm: Live mariachi

3-6pm: Sets by DJ Chucuchu and DJ Frosty

Kids stop motion animation workshop

KIDS WORKSHOP 

Artists Ana Andrade and Marina Viruete will spend the morning making a stop motion animation with the children of the Mercado de Artesanias.

Dialogue in Transit - Part II: Border (Counter) Narratives

Dialogue in Transit - Part II: Border (Counter) Narratives curated by Rafa Esparza

Radio programming will include audio recorded and produced during (2) Dialogue in Transit events, inviting artists, researchers and activists from Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana to wait in line with us inside of the cog•nate cruiser and participate in a conversation about the past, present and future of the border region and its citizens.

Nada Que Declarar

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NADA QUE DECLARAR BY INGRID HERNANDEZ + PIETER WISSE

Photographer and Tijuana native Ingrid Hernandez has collaborated with Netherlands artist Pieter Wisse to create a series of special edition risograph prints reflecting on the border experience. The result are 10 artist posters that will be gifted to border commuter on Sunday, August 28.

Escalas Fronterizas: Border Sites + Sights + Cities

Escalas Fronterizas: Border Sites + Sights + Cities curated by Cog•nate Collective / Pablo Martinez Zarate + Isabel Gil Gomez + Juan Alberto Apodaca / POLEN [Adriana Trujillo + José Inerzia]

 

Escalas Fronterizas invites vendors and the thousand waiting to go across to reflect on the meaning, function and evolution of borders like the one that divide cities such as Tijuana / San Diego and the USA / Mexico nations though cinematic representations in visual arts and in pop culture. The series of projections that will take place at the border represent diverse perspectives contemplating the border as a site (Border Sites) -- geopolitical + local ecologies -- the border as a visual environment (Border Sight) -- visual culture + popular representation -- and the border as a series of narrative cites (Border Cites) -- local/regional history. The intervention explores this theme moving between the macro- and macro- scales, abandoning both the abstract dimensions of the border as well as the palpable experience at sights like the San Ysidro port of entry.