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
From the Center of the Margin: Contemporary Art Galleries in Downtown Tijuana
From the Center of the Margin: Contemporary Art Galleries in Downtown Tijuana
Three founders/directors of galleries in Tijuana speak about the role Contemporary Art galleries have taken in rebuilding the city.
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.
Borderblaster: Cog•nate Collective Border Line Broadcasts
Borderblaster: Cog•nate Collective Border Line Broadcasts
Borderblaster is a project consisting of a hyper-localized, short-range radio transmission that seeks to connect communities and explore new forms of public dialogue and exchange at the border.
FELIUS Used Book Fair: Promoting Literature in Tijuana
FELIUS Used Book Fair: Promoting Literature in Tijuana
Feria del Libro Usado was created out of the desire to make literature and culture more accessible to Tijuana.
Hybrid Sights and Border Sounds: Gary
Hybrid Sights and Border Sounds: Gary "GANAS" Garay
Multi-disciplinary artist, Gary "GANAS" Garay navigates the border landscape in his paintings, sculptures and mixed-media installations.
Colectivo Intransigente: The Voice of Poetic Politics in Tijuana
Colectivo Intransigente: The Voice of Poetic Politics in Tijuana
Tijuana-based Colectivo Intransigente is a poetry/performance troupe that believes speech can catalyze change.
Tijuana's Piggy-Banks: Border Pop-Kitsch
Tijuana's Piggy-Banks: Border Pop-Kitsch
In order to compete with Chinese and American knock-off imports, alcancias, one of the only artisan products still produced in Tijuana, have taken on a unique pop-kitsch aesthetic that speaks volumes about cultural hybridity at the border.
Perfect Documents: Mexican Pop Groups & High Society at the Border
Perfect Documents: Mexican Pop Groups & High Society at the Border
Photographer and Tijuana native Yvvone Venegas captures the tension between the authentic and the artificial that exists in places whose primary function is to entertain, mesmerize, and titillate - places like Disneyland, Las Vegas, and Tijuana.
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