“Border Crosser” by Chico MacMurtrie


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    Border Crosser

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    Border Crossers comprise a series of lightweight robotic sculptures that poetically explore the notion of borders and boundary conditions. The inflatable sculptures rise up to several stories high and extend across a given threshold. Their choreographed performance, originating on both sides of the border, would stage a symbolic connection. The project treats the border as a physical condition that can be temporarily transcended by technological proxies. It offers a critique of militarized geopolitical borders, and a metaphorical suspension of those borders in the form of temporary arches.

    Border Crossers invites the public to rethink the notion of borders in a globalized world. Technology currently helps to overcome cultural and economic borders, but is also frequently used to maintain and reinforce physical borders. This project envisions technology as a positive tool to establish dialogues beyond borders, to question borders, and to create a symbolic suspension and transcendence of borders. Their actions allude to the equality of humanity against a backdrop of tensions and conflicts over national and cultural identity. This “gesture” could reinforce the hope for peace in location where reconciliation is thought to be impossible.

    The first Border Crossers intervention took place on May 23rd, 2021 at the U.S-Mexico border in Naco, Arizona/Naco, Sonora. This was only the first of a series of public performances in collaboration with the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts in El Paso, Texas. The next performances will take place in October 2021 at the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez border.


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