Tijuana/San Diego: Cooperation and Confrontation at the Interface
San Diego, October 9, 2009 -- Seven artists from either side of the border dividing San Diego and Tijuana are represented in an exhibition this fall that deals head-on with politics, immigration, the environment and other hot-button issues - through the lens and sensibility of artists working in multiple media.
“Tijuana/San Diego: Cooperation and Confrontation at the Interface” opens officially on Oct. 15 in the gallery@calit2 on the first floor of Atkinson Hall on the University of California, San Diego campus. The gallery is part of the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).
The Oct. 15 launch includes a panel discussion and Q&A with six of the seven presenting artists at 4pm in the Calit2 Theater, and an opening reception from 5pm to 7pm. Both events are open to the public and free of charge.
The works in “Tijuana/San Diego” range from digital prints to interactive multimedia.
José Ignacio López Ramírez-Gastón’s spatialized sound installation, 24 Speakers, 24 Sources, is deployed in the interior of the gallery on the first floor of Atkinson Hall. The installation enacts the concept of the democratization of knowledge and 'reversed migration' in the use of technology. The artist bought 24 used speakers and 24 used sound generators in the streets of Tijuana and ‘smuggled’ them across the border, to be installed in the Calit2 art gallery. The sources of sound – from tape recorders to CD players – are mapped to the speakers in order to generate a ‘sound architecture’ on a half-circular mesh superstructure (see drawing) which visitors can use to control the sounds. “My goal is to reflect on socio-economic conditions outside of the developed world by turning economic obstacles – used speakers and sound sources – into creativity and experimentation with spatialized sound, and a sound architecture that can be controlled using resources native to social interaction in Tijuana,” said Lopez about his interactive sound installation. “This piece is both a nostalgic representation of my early encounters with technology and music, and a reflection of the conditions of access for a new generation of creators of media content on both sides of the border.”
UCSD visual arts professor Fred Lonidier’s N.A.F.T.A. #15 Rio Tijuana Bridge: A Tale of Two Globes or Two Tales of a Globe/Puente del Rio Tijuana: Un Cuento de Dos Mundos o Cuentos de Un Mundo combines news clippings, found images, original art and other elements into shallow but long collages that take up the width of a wall in the Atkinson Hall lobby – giving them the feeling of murals, but not quite.
The gallery @ calit2 reflects the nexus of innovation implicit in Calit2's vision, and aims to advance our understanding and appreciation of the dynamic interplay among art, science and technology. Calit2 is a partnership between UC San Diego and UC Irvine that is organized around cross-disciplinary projects on the future of telecommunications, information technology, new media arts and other technologies that will transform a range of applications important to the California economy and citizens' quality of life.
Note to Editors: The bilingual Catalog for this exhibition (English and Spanish) will be published shortly
Exhibition Opening: Tijuana/San Diego: Cooperation and Confrontation at the Interface
October 15, 2009, 4-5pm
Calit2 Theater, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego
October 15, 2009 5-7pm
Lobby and Gallery, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego
* Note: Panel discussion and gallery reception open to the public; RSVP requested to Trish Stone, Gallery Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 336-6456 .
October 5-November 25, 2009
gallery @ calit2
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093
Map & Directions: http://atkinsonhall.calit2.net/directions/
* [Note: Closed Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day]