Misael Diaz
Misael Diaz

I was born in LA, grew up in Tijuana and now live in San Diego where I study and teach Visual Arts and Writing at UCSD. I divide my time between San Diego/Tijuana and the Imperial Valley/Mexicali working as part of the bi-national art group cog•nate collective on projects that analyze social, economic and cultural flows across the border.

Q&A

LOCATION: Tijuana / San Diego

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/misael.g.diaz

WHAT INSPIRES ME: Popular culture, “low-brow” aesthetics, traveling, reading, satisfying guilty pleasures

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN MY AREA: The “cine bola” (CECUT) in Tijuana.

FAVORITE WRITERS: Carlos Monsivais, Thomas Pynchon, Violeta Parra, Charles Bukowski, Nicanor Parra.

ARTIST/CREATIVE YOU’D WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH: If I had a time machine: Marcel Duchamp. Since I don’t (yet): Hans Haacke.

MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: Banksy

PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: Velvet Underground, TV on the Radio, Café Tacvba, El Guincho, Radiohead.

WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: Plethora of popular culture and “low-brow” aesthetics, plus plenty of border food (e.g. Tostilocos, Carne Asada Fries).

ART YOU MAKE (IF YOU MAKE ANY...): Photographic, conceptual, public, transnational. See cognatecollective.tumblr.com.

Recent Articles
Colectivo Martes: Home and Horizontality
Colectivo Martes: Home and Horizontality
Colectivo Martes produces work and organizes exhibitions calling attention to issues affecting women that are largely absent from the cultural discourse in Mexico.
Dialogue in Transit: Evolution of a Line
Dialogue in Transit: Evolution of a Line
In the conference, "Dialogue in Transit: Evolution of a Line, " researchers and artists from San Diego and Tijuana reflected on the evolution of the U.S./Mexico border.
Marcos Ramirez ERRE on Oil, Soccer, and National Sovereignty
Marcos Ramirez ERRE on Oil, Soccer, and National Sovereignty
Utilizing large-scale constructions and modified objects, Tijuana artist Marcos Ramirez ERRE address the use of natural resources and the partial privatization of Mexico's oil industry.
Fault Metaphors: Reflecting Art from Tijuana
Fault Metaphors: Reflecting Art from Tijuana
What knowledge can be produced when confronting the failure of metaphor? In the exhibition "Fault Metaphors," the works of Tijuana artists analyze what happens when this process is unsuccessful.
From the Center of the Margin: Contemporary Art Galleries in Downtown Tijuana
From the Center of the Margin: Contemporary Art Galleries in Downtown Tijuana
Artists and musicians are reinvigorating Tijuana's historic tourist district by opening small independent, largely self-funded art galleries and spaces.
From Mexican to American: Louis Hock's Decades of Documenting Immigrant Life
From Mexican to American: Louis Hock's Decades of Documenting Immigrant Life
Louis Hock documented the experiences of his Los Analos neighbors, undocumented Mexican working class immigrant families, by filming the day-to-day lives of four families.
Sonidero Travesura: The Baja Roar of a Digital Tiger
Sonidero Travesura: The Baja Roar of a Digital Tiger
Tijuana-based group Sonidero Travesura fuse cumbia, krautrock, and synth-pop to create their unique, ever-transforming sound.
Borderblaster: Transmission 6 'Mixtape for Crossing'
Borderblaster: Transmission 6 'Mixtape for Crossing'
What song comes to mind when you think of the border? The sixth transmission of Borderblaster creates a mixtape for their final live recording event.
Borderblaster: Transmission 4
Borderblaster: Transmission 4 "Poetic Dérive"
Transmission 4 takes listeners on a psycho-geographic journey through two neighborhoods that have been impacted and will continue to be shaped by the border crossing.
Borderblaster: Transmission 2
Borderblaster: Transmission 2 "Market Exchange"
Transmission 2 documents the history, evolution, and challenges facing vendors and shopowners at a market at the US/Mexico border that has served as the base of operations for cognate collective's projects.
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