Borderblaster takes its title from the name given to radio stations that transmit their signals at very high power between nations (e.g. San Diego radio stations that broadcast from Tijuana). Unlike traditional border blasters, this project localizes the transmission to the San Ysidro Port of Entry, as a way of reflecting on this particular site and the experience of juncture/disjuncture it represents. The project brings together the voices of vendors, artisans, artists, and activists in a series of conversations, readings, and interviews that reimagine the Mercado de Artesanias de la Linea and the crossing as a whole as an agora. The series will be recorded and transmitted from inside of the market, to two mobile listening stations, one located at the crossing, and another in the gallery, throughout the run of the exhibition. For a complete listing of live recordings and dates of transmissions, please consult the provided calendar or visit:
Borderblaster: Transmission 1
Borderblaster: Transmission 1 "About Crossing"
Cog•nate collective, a binational arts collective whose goal became to alter the passive experience of crossing the border, reports on the first transmission from their project Borderblaster.
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.
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