San Diego
Like much of Southern California, San Diego County embodies the social, political and artistic extremes of the region. San Diego is a military area, a border town, a retirement community, an occupied territory and a vacation destination all in one. These sub-cultures produce and provide distinct ecosytems for the area’s residents, generating narratives that often contradict and collide with each other. The art community has responded to these contradictions for generations, ignoring them in some case as an act of political defiance, and in others, embracing them in their totality. The area’s physical and imaginary line has become a laboratory for experimentation as artists explore the militarized territory of the border.
Scents Memory: Brian Goeltzenleuchter's Multifaceted Practice
Multidisciplinary artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter's work with scent reaches back to 1998. His current collaborative project "Olfactory Memoirs" has him conducting workshops which delve with childhood memories associated with smells.
Book Project Connects Deported Mexican Parents With Their Children
Community project "Cuentos Para Dormir" ("Bedtime Stories") by Sophia Sobko is connecting children and their deported parents through literature.
Scavenger Harmony: Alejandro Zacarías Deconstructs Tijuana
Forever respectful and indebted to his environment and city, to its streets and its liberty, Alejandro Zacarías pays homage to the hodgepodge mecca that is Tijuana by borrowing from its stories in order to create.
Borderblaster: Transmission 5
Borderblaster: Transmission 5 "Open Mic/Discurso Abierto"
The fifth transmission of Borderblaster features audio from an open mic held at the San Ysidro Port of Entry where people were asked to sing, scream, or declare something to the border at the point of crossing.
Man in the Machines: Matthew Hebert's Craft Technology
Man in the Machines: Matthew Hebert's Craft Technology
Matthew Hebert brings together contemporary technology and more traditional ideas of craft.
Crossfader Playlist: Tijuana Dream
Crossfader Playlist: Tijuana Dream
"Crossfader Playlist" features a sampler of the blog posts, essays, and digital riffs of Tijuana writer Rafa Saavedra. The third installment of an excerpt from Josh Kun and Fiamma Montezemolo's upcoming anthology, Tijuana Dreaming: Art and Life at the Global Border.
Consuelo Flores Brings the Dead to Life
Consuelo Flores Brings the Dead to Life
An expert on Day of the Dead history, Consuelo Flores builds altars to the deceased every year. But she contends that the tradition is about life, not death.
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.
Reservation Punk: Raymond Lafferty's Search for Home
Reservation Punk: Raymond Lafferty's Search for Home
Kumeyaay Indian artist Raymond Lafferty's art is in many ways a search for home. Bucking conventions all his life, he often felt alienated as an Indian trying to figure out where he belonged with his own people.
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icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline


Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline


Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline


A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline


Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.

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