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Borderblaster
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.tumblr.com

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Borderblaster: Transmission 3 'Civic Dialogue'

Borderblaster's third transmission explores the different areas of cultural engagement in Tijuana with artist Elizabeth Chaney and literary advocate Rene Castillo.
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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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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.
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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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