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.