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LINE OF BREATH

 
 

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LINE OF BREATH, 2016
SOUND INSTALLATION SITE-SPECIFIC

Line of Breath is a sound installation embedded on the Tijuana-San Diego political fence in an attempt to manifest a liminal state and give life to this often neglected in-between. 

OF THE PEOPLE, SMACK MELLON, BROOKLYN NY 2016

Image courtesy of Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY. Photo by Etienne Frossard.

STATEMENT

I grew up crossing the border between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California. This upbringing created in me a liminal state of being that I embody and inhabit. Line of Breath is a sound installation that manifests this state and attempts to give life to this in-between zone. The installation consists of a series of transducers and custom speakers attached to a 15-meter section of the metal border fence in Tijuana. It plays sound recordings of my breathing, transforming the fence into a single speaker, a single living unit. One hears a single, breathing soundscape coming from the transducers, and when one leans towards the fence to the custom speakers, one hears a second breath sound recording. The work reveals the coexistence of two perceived opposites and, with it, acknowledges and draws attention to this often neglected space overlooked by dualist or politicized points of view. The research for the piece drew from touch, sound, earth art and socially-engaged art in the context of liminality, boundaries and politics. The project started as an identity exploration and grew to include community involvement. Ultimately, Line of Breath has led me to reflect on the redefinition of boundaries, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally.

Research excerpt: Mi Barda by Isabella Cruz-Chong

CREDITS

Cory Ring: video camera & sound
Isabella Cruz-Chong: concept & technology
Joe Mault: NY installation
Ricardo Cruz-Chong: sound editor
Sam Keene: metal work & NY installation
Tyler Henry: NY installation
Ximena A. Cuenca: video editor
 

SPECIAL THANKS TO

Adrian Coto
Anezka Sebek
Angeles de la Frontera
Ernesto Klar
Gabriela Cortes
Henry J. Lam
Kate Sicchio
Maria I. Chong Martinez
Maria Krekeler
Marietta Villalba
Restaurante Huahuis
Rodolfo Cruz Piñeiro