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Tens of thousands interact with ‘Border Tuner’; Installation reaches mid-point

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s interactive art installation Border Tuner continues to light up the sky and build a bridge of dialogue across the US-Mexico border, however Sunday, November 24,is the final day in operation.

“The telepresence installation ‘Remote Pulse,’ the “outdoor living room”, and the El Paso-Juárez community’s ongoing participation and dialogue also highlight the final week of the artwork has now been experienced by tens of thousands of visitors,” installation organizers shared via an emailed news release.

To interact with the ‘Border Tuner,’ visitors simply go to one of the interactive stations on Bowie High School or Chamizal Park and turn the dial to direct the searchlights. Once their lights intersect with other beams, the computer will open a bidirectional channel of communication so you can hear the remote participant and vice versa.

The ‘Remote Pulse’ installation allows people to place their hands on a podium that registers their heartbeat and sends it to the sister city and vice-versa. When someone interacts with the installation it allows them to feel the heartbeat of the person across the border. 

Along with the installation, nightly programming features talks on a variety of different topics involving the border community, arts and other themes.

Each night at 6:30pm the project opens with performances and programming including poets, rappers, LGBTQ+ speakers, technologists, historians and other various border voices. After these events, the general public is invited to control the lights from 7:00 pm to 11pm.

For more information, visit the Border Tunerwebsite.

Video+Story: El Paso a Finalist for $1m Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Project

Wednesday morning, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that the City of El Paso has been selected as a finalist to potentially receive up to $1 million as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a program that aims to foster creative collaboration, address civic issues, and support local economies through public art.

More than 200 cities applied, and El Paso, along with 13 other cities, has been invited to submit a full proposal.

In February, Bloomberg Philanthropies invited mayors of U.S. cities with 30,000 residents or more to submit proposals for temporary public art projects that address important civic issues, and demonstrate an ability to generate public-private collaborations, celebrate creativity and urban identity, and strengthen local economies.

Proposals address a range of pressing issues and social themes such as environmental sustainability, immigration, national disaster recovery, and cultural identity. Additionally, the proposals reflect a diverse use of artistic mediums including augmented reality, light installations, murals, and performances.

The City of El Paso proposed the development of “Border Tuner,” a large-scale, light and sound installation that highlights connections between El Paso in the U.S. and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico.

The piece by Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will provide a platform for a wide range of local voices and will be an opportunity to draw international attention to the complexity and interdependence between the sister-cities that create the largest bi-national metropolitan area in the western hemisphere.

The project will be a collaboration between the City of El Paso, the Rubin Center at The University of Texas El Paso, the El Paso Community Foundation, the Fundación Comunitaria de la Frontera Norte, Ciudad Juárez, and the state Government of Chihuahua.

“The project is an opportunity to involve citizens from both sides of the border in a celebration of our complex and long-standing history of collaboration, and to share that message of bi-national cooperation with a national and international audience,” said City of El Paso Mayor Dee Margo.

Bloomberg Philanthropies will select at least three winners from 14 finalists in the fall to execute their projects over a maximum of 24 months. The grant is intended to provide catalytic funds as part of a strong, committed consortium of supporters.

The grants will cover project-related expenditures including development, execution, and marketing, but will not fund 100 percent of the total project costs.

The Public Art Challenge is a part of Mike Bloomberg’s American Cities Initiative, an effort to help U.S. cities generate innovation and advance policy. The Public Art Challenge allows mayors and artists to join forces to elevate the value of including the creative sector when developing solutions to significant urban issues.

More information about the Public Art Challenge can be found online.

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