ORGANIC BORDER, 2015
MIXED MEDIA INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION WITH DIRT, WOOD, SPEAKERS AND AUDIO
45"x 12"x 8"
Organic Border is an interactive sound installation where participants blur the condensed line by triggering radio broadcasts from either Tijuana, Mexico or San Diego, California in an attempt to examine the malleability of dynamics and perceptions of this boundary.
I feel connected to both the Mexican and American cultures. The more time I spend between these two cities, the more I have become intimately aware of the friction created by their division. The Mexico/US border is a contentious boundary due to harsh stereotypes, closed mindsets, and an unhealthy environment that overlooks existing pain and the possibilities of a constructive relationship. The project is an interactive art installation that examines the malleability of the dynamics and perceptions of the border. This would prove that the border is flexible and a living point of connection that could have potential for growth in the countries’ relationship. The piece is designed to help participants understand how their social perception is flexible and how the necessity of a border creates its own downfall. The installation consists of a condensed line of soil dividing a platform situated on top of aligned speakers. The participants blur the condensed line of dirt by triggering radio broadcasts from either Tijuana or San Diego, depending on which of the two sides they stand.
Research excerpt: Organic Border by Isabella Cruz-Chong