It is really encouraging to hear that it all worked out so well
and that the local community was really included in the projects.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience with the list.
Projects like the Transborder Immigrant tool are very interesting cases
because while they have their particular significance,
at the same time they run a certain amount of risk.
They are "delicate" works, as the tools and interfaces they offer to
marginalised groups should not
at the end turn against the very groups themselves. And as you mention of
can be risky for their creators too, as in the case of Dominguez.
Hackitectura's work is another very good "bordercrossing" example,
especially the Fadait work on Gibraltar,
a great initiative that formed a network and a common territory through a
that connected two continents. http://fadaiat.net/english.html
or also their more recent work on the gaza egypt border
We are moving a bit more to the direction of cartography/ mapping right now
but this is also part of our discussion and geographical / social/
political borders are certainly
a big challenge for some of the creators working on this field.
I cant say that i can refer to many examples of projects on immigration and
approached through web mapping or locative media especially for the area of
the mediterranean region.
However, if some of the yasminers have worked on such projects
or would like to refer to some as examples, it would be great for our
Also, I recently came across some information for the following event that
seem to focus
on the political direction of mapping
If someone maybe attended it and saw a relation to our hybrid city
It would be nice to hear about it.
On 20 July 2010 22:57, molly Hankwitz <email@example.com> wrote:
> Dear Daphne, others - I've just realized that 'regionally' speaking
> I'm out of your geography substantially...however, there are many locative
> projects we have in common...
> quoting from Daphne's post:
> >Molly , hello, great that you are writing feedback from this
> festival.Citycentered seems to have had a programme of very interesting
> projectsindeed.And also very encouraging to learn that the local community
> embraced the activities.
> What would you say the key elements were that helped into this?
> meeting with both artists and community organizers/people, before festival
> to introduce the concepts of locative practice to them with images, etc.
> careful pairing of artists with interested organizaitons
> discussing community track records of artistic projects they were familiar
> with or had done - their own programs
> making the technology easy to use, obtain, etc.
> frisco's history of community based art in practice
> installing works at organizations, on street, etc.
> getting community people involved in audience development,
> A project that i believe is worth discussing as an example in this context
> as it constitutes a case of social engagement & care is the
> transborder immigrant tool
> When you have some time, could you write a few lines
> about how it was received?
> I am happy to discuss this very controversial project. you may know or not
> that it has gotten b.a.n.g lab, most notably hactivist
> Ricardo Dominguez in a lot of hot water with UCSD, as he has been accused
> encouraging illegal border crossing by several -
> namely Arizona State senators.
> the tool is an app which transforms - quite powerfully - the tiny
> screen interface of the inexpensive cell phone into a navigational device
> for finding water in the desert...one way border crossers
> lose their life is by dehydration and you may be familiar with
> the fact that several humanitarian organizations install water drums in the
> desert...the interface includes promising quotes from poltical leaders in
> spanish, images of hope, and other poetic devices to support the survival,
> spirtual and physical of
> the crosser....
> it was received well. i had personally invited them to propose
> their work, and i got them a presentation at Galeria de la Raza,
> where Ricardo and others could speak directly to politicized Latin artists
> about the work...
> they were relieved to be out of san diego and to have support.
> their idea of the creative and supportive, non-commercial application, for
> particular situations, has, for me major power
> as an activist proposition - whether for the homeless, for
> other borders, for micro local events and art work
> >I would be very curious to know more about this or other work you would
> to refer to as examples from the fest
> there were many projects in the festival which has import to the community
> many workshop participants spoke about their own histories in the TL for
> first time maybe ever - in a public context. Krissy Clark's BlockOTime,
> interviewed all kinds of citizens of that street - Tender Secrets allowed
> viewers to come into the gallery and "tell" their secrets and listen to
> those of others
> so maybe this is the idea of the Invisible Dynamics, posed in another
> post....we were trying for this...
> locative media and wireless art can turn inside out, remove enclosures,
> refocus energies, propose new maps...
> Speaking of atlases, maps, etc - An Atlas of Radical Cartography is a nice
> I wonder if there are locative projects proposed for the Straits of
> Gibraltar - Fad'iate - the hackitecture, wireless project that took place
> there a few years ago, was very intriguing...geographically
> specific to Mediterranean
> Molly Hankwitz
> Contributing Editor, NewmediaFIX,
> http://CityCentered.org <http://citycentered.org/>
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