Border Tuner, the large-scale light and sound artwork that will connect El Paso and Ciudad Juárez in November, officially launched its public website this week and announced a program of performances, talks and activities.
The website gives information on local programing as well as a guide on how anyone can participate in this free public project over 12 nights.
The installation will depend on community voices to take the spotlight, interact, collaborate and give life to the project.
Beginning on Wednesday, November 13, Border Tuner will kick off the installation every night with 30 minutes focused on curated programming by a diverse group of voices from the Borderland.
Each day a select group of artists, writers, poets, indigenous voices, musicians, will open this public platform by sharing their art and voices with the community.
Confirmed participants include Batallones Femeninos, Adelitas Fronterizas, Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca, Cassandro el Exótico, Sonido Cachimbo, Frontera Bugalú, Las Platicadoras and many others.
Following this initial activation the public from both sides of the border is invited to participate in the installation, open-mike style, and connect with participants on the other side of the border to light up the skies nightly.
Concurrent to this, a forum tent will showcase talks including Julio César Morales from Arizona State University, Serio Raúl Arroyo from UNAM, and Tina Rivers Ryan from the Albright Knox Gallery Museum.
For those who would like to participate but cannot be present, the public can send their voice through the virtual switchboard on the new Border Tuner website.
Border Tuner seeks to include reflections, thoughts, conversations and border stories to create a diverse and lively dialogue.
The importance of the community’s voice is vital as the project’s main purpose. Border Tuner aims to create conversations and highlight the ongoing communication, interaction and interdependence takes place between residents of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Border Tuner is curated by Kerry Doyle and León de la Rosa, with programming direction by Edgar Picazo. The project is organized by the Rubin Center at UTEP, El Paso Community Foundation and Fundación Comunitaria de la Frontera Norte.
It receives support from the Mellon Foundation, Arte Abierto, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Via Art Foundation and Novamex.
The interactive art installation will highlight the complex and important connections between Ciudad Juárez and El Paso through a series of nightly conversations and performances that involve residents from both sides of the border and beyond.
Born in Mexico City, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is one of the most acclaimed artists working in public space. He is known for creating interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. Lozano-Hemmer’s art focuses on creating platforms for public participation.
His large-scale interactive installations have been commissioned for events such as the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City (1999), the Cultural Capital of Europe in Rotterdam (2001), the UN World Summit of Cities in Lyon (2003), the Winter Olympics in Vancouver (2010) and the pre-opening exhibition of the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi (2015).
Lozano-Hemmer was recently the subject of solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the MUAC Museum in Mexico City and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. He was the first artist to represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale with a solo exhibition at Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel in 2007.