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.
Highlights
Endangered Boundary: Stefan Falke's 'La Frontera' Project
Photographer Stefan Falke's "La Frontera" humanizes the Mexico/U.S. border through his portraitures of artists working in border cities.
El Otro Lado de Luis G. Hernández
Luis G. Hernández's informed techniques aim to pull the spectator in for a more intimate discourse on identity, politics, and aesthetics.
Bajalta California
Michel Dear traces the evolution of the space between Mexico and the United States, a "third nation" with a shared identity, common history, and joint traditions.
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.
Crossfader Playlist: Tijuana Youth
Crossfader Playlist: Tijuana Youth
"Crossfader Playlist" features a sampler of the blog posts, essays, and digital riffs of Tijuana writer Rafa Saavedra. The fourth installment of an excerpt from Josh Kun and Fiamma Montezemolo's upcoming anthology, Tijuana Dreaming: Art and Life at the Global Border.
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.
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.
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.
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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

Literature

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

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline

Multi-Disciplinary

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

icon, Music discipline

Music

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

icon, Performance discipline

Performance

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

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

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


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