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Surveying the Border: This 90-minute program presents some of the best short video works made by artists since the mid-1970s that take the relation between the United States and Mexico as their subject matter.

  • Date: Thursday, September 29, 2005, 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Admission: Free. Reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300 or register online.


Politics, Landscape, Humor

The program screens videos that address the experience of immigration and the subsequent reality of living in the neighboring country, including provocative political works by a number of artist activists. More lyrical pieces focus on urban and rural landscapes, while other works comment on the humorous absurdity of stereotypes. The evening encompasses a number of genres of video, including conceptual and performance art, experimental documentary, short fiction, and music video.

Artists in the Program

“Surveying The Border” features work by artists based in Southern California, Tijuana, New York, Mexico City, Florida, El Paso, and Oaxaca. Artists include Greg Berger, Ira Scheider, Border Arts Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo (BAW/TAF), Alan Calpe, Ximena Cuevas, Nathan Gibbs, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Art Jones, Andrew Lampert, Jesse Lerner, Yoshua Okon, Sal V. Ricalde, Alex Rivera, Shannon Spanhake, Rubén Ortiz Torres, Bruno Varela, Willie Varela, and others.

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With Brinco, Judi Wertheinhas created a project that links migrants’ efforts to cross the border illegally with the increasing global corporatization of goods and labor. The project is a uniquely designed sneaker, trademarked Brinco. The design of the shoe is inspired by information and materials that are relevant to, and could provide assistance to, those illegally crossing the border. Underscoring the tensions sparked by the global spread and mobility of the maquiladora, the sneaker will be manufactured in China. In counterpoint to its potential for utilitarian use by Mexican migrants, the sneaker will be sold as a one-of-a-kind art object and will be available in the United States during inSite_05 in Blends, a high end sneaker store located in Down Town San Diego. In a single object Judi reveals the contradictions between fashion, competition in the manufacturing industry, and migratory flows, themes that lie and the heart of the dynamics of labor geography in today���s world.

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Keep on Crossin’ Manifesto

Keep on Crossin' patchWhen in the course of human events it becomes necessary to cross borders of political, social, linguistic, cultural, economic and technological construction…we will cross. For long before there were borders, there were crossers. We are the proud sons and daughters of these crossers, and we hold that crossing is a basic human right. Furthermore, we hold this right to be in-illegal alienable.

Artificial borders of body and mind and spirit must be crossed off the list. For every star-crossed, cross-bearing, cross-platform, cross-dressing, cross-country, cross-walker at the crossroads of culture, the time has come to cross.

We are living in a time when a truckload of toxic waste has more rights to cross than a human being. Wherever and whenever this is the case, we will cross.

Our crossing will be a sign to other crossers that the time has come to cross. We will cross at intersections. Anywhere we cross will become an intersection by the act of our crossing. We will look both ways before crossing, and then, with the positive momentum of humanity, we will cross.

We will cross into other manifestos. These include but are not limited to the Prague Manifesto for Esperanto, the Russell-Einstein Manifesto against nuclear war, the Roxy Music song “Manifesto,” the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Plan of Delano, the Plan Espiritual de Aztlan and any other plans, declarations or manifestos that encourage, promote and reward crossing.

When the border expands, we contract. And when the border contracts, we expand. And when it is time to cross, we will cross all by ourselves.

Wherever there are tired, huddled masses yearning to breathe free, we will cross.

Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, we will cross.

As Martin Luther King wrote from the injustice stained confines of a Birmingham jail: “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”

By wearing this patch, we declare that our garment be counted as a piece from Dr. King’s “single garment of destiny.”

And to ensure that the sun and moon continue to shine on the smiling faces of the free, we will keep on crossing.