SUMMER 2016 INTERVENTIONS

The following events took place at the San Ysidro border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana in August of 2016.

 

BORDER QUIPU / QUIPU FRONTERIZO

TANYA AGUIÑIGA

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 were each 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 was collected from commuters and tied to other knots made that same day. The cumulative series of daily bundled knots was then organized into a large-scale quipu and displayed on a billboard above the AMBOS market space hub from August 20-28. 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: Border Soundscapes

COG•NATE COLLECTIVE

This special iteration of Dialogue in Transit organized as part of AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides), invited artists, researchers and activists from Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana to reflect on trans-border dynamics shaping the lives of communities in the greater Baja / Alta California border region.

I. Border Soundscapes
Josh Kun and Geovanni Zamudio. aka IOB (Intrepida Orquesta de Beats) joined us to speak about the ways music has delineated and blurred the US/Mexico border, shaping the Tijuana / Los Angeles soundscape.


DIALOGUE IN TRANSIT: Border (Counter)Narratives

COG•NATE COLLECTIVE

This special iteration of Dialogue in Transit organized as part of AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides), invited artists, researchers and activists from Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana to reflect on trans-border dynamics shaping the lives of communities in the greater Baja / Alta California border region.

II. Border (Counter) Narratives
Adrian Aranciaba + Kendy Rivera and Rafa Esparza joined us to speak about myths, anecdotes and stories that shape personal and collective understandings of the border.


ESCALAS FRONTERIZAS: Border Sites + Sights + Cities

collaborative curation

Escalas Fronterizas [Border Scales] invited vendors and the thousand waiting to cross to reflect on the meaning, function and evolution of borders like the one that divide cities and nations -- like the one that divides San Diego/Tijuana, USA / Mexico -- through cinematic representations in visual arts and in pop culture. The series of projections at the border represented diverse perspectives contemplating the border as a site (Border Sites), as a visual environment (Border Sight), and as a series of historical citations, i.e. memories + anecdotes (Border Cites). The intervention explored these themes by moving from the scale of the macro to the micro, beginning with (inter)national perspectives of border on Weekend #1, then moving to perspectives of the border from the scale of the city/region on Weekend #2, and finally ending with perspectives of the border that hone in on the border line and crossing itself the third weekend.
 
The series was curated collaboratively by POLEN Audiovisual, Pablo Martinez Zarate, Isabel Gil Gomez, Juan Apodaca and cog•nate collective.


NADA QUE DECLARAR

INGRID HERNANDEZ + PIETER WISSE

Nada Que Declarar (Nothing To Declare) is a collaboration between artists Ingrid Hernández (Tijuana, Mexico) and Pieter Wisse (Rotterdam, Holland). They created a Facebook page asking people to submit images taken while crossing the most trafficked border in the world. The images were altered and words from advertising, common phrases at the border, Facebook and other media were added as well as designs from familiar commercial companies. They approached the border and the images by looking at what the border is, how it functions and what it represents. The madness, the commercialization and advertising were all incorporated in 11 posters that contain criticism as well as humor. A risograph copy machine, a system that in many ways resembles screen printing, was used to print the project. Designed envelopes containing the posters were distributed amongst the various people that wait to cross the border from Mexico to the USA.


LIMINAL(MENTE)

Moisés Horta Valenzuela

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 pirat radio station of Cognate collective. 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.