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Transborder Immigrant Tool
Mexico/U.S Border Disturbance Art Project

By Electronic Disturbance Theater / b.a.n.g lab:
Ricardo Dominguez / Principle Investigator
Brett Stalbaum / Principle Investigator
Amy Sara Carroll / Poet
Micha Cárdenas / Lead Researcher
Jason Najarro / Lead Researcher
Elle Mehrmand / Assistant Researcher
Diana Le / Design

The border between the U.S. and Mexico has moved between the virtual and the all too real since before the birth of the two nation-states. This has allowed a deep archive of suspect movement across this border to be traced and tagged – specifically anchored to immigrants bodies moving north, while immigrant bodies moving south much less so. The danger of moving north across this border is not a question of politics, but vertiginous geography. Hundreds of people have died crossing the U.S./Mexico border due to not being able to tell where they are in relation to where they have been and which direction they need to go to reach their destination safely. Now with the rise of multiple distributed geospatial information systems (such as the Goggle Earth Project for example), GPS (Global Positioning System) and the developing Virtual Hiker Algorithm by artist Brett Stalbaum it is now possible to develop useful Transborder Tools for Immigrants – and allow virtual geography to mark new trails and potentially safer routes across this desert of the real.
live streaming
DystoRpia Project
No Media Collective will create an intervention in the gallery with their media artifacts, including a live streaming presentation of their project and the main events in the gallery.

DystoRpia is a combined word that works as much in English as it does in Spanish. This neologism comes from the English word dystopia used in its original sense as meaning the vision of a society as a negative or anti-utopian community, together with the Latin root torpere which in English gives us the word torpid and in Spanish the equivalent word torpe. This is  a mental or fisical inactivity, even clumsiness. Our project applies the neologism dystoRpia to examine through a variety of artisitc approaches, torpid visions of a vaguely utopian basis as actual anti-utopian practices

DystoRpia online channel
Thursday September 15, from 6 - 9 pm
Saturday September 17, 24, and October 1,from 2 - 5 pm

Reverse Apotheosis: End of The World
a media performance developed and performed by Castellanos in a collaboration with Fluid New Media Lab.  The sound elements are created by Roldós and a noise band, Zueiing, and will be dub in a live performance with Ulysess combined with a stremed projection from Argentina of the performances by Hijas del Mal art group. The visualization is a mix of images coming from a lightbox with sand, and a selection of video footage of apocalyptic events taken from a variety of disaster films, as well as footage from the Heaven’s Gate cult, the Manson Family, John Berger’s Ways of Seeing and Argentinean singer Sandro, culminating in a meditative, calm and tranquil landscape, celebrating the continuation of life on earth.

at Toronto Free Gallery
Saturday September 17, from 3 - 4 pm

by transgender performance and new media artists Micha Cardenas and Elle Mehrmand
virus.circus is an episodic series of performances exploring a speculative world of queer futures of latex sexuality and DIY medicine in resistance to virus hysteria. The performances use wearable electronics, soft sensors and live audio to bridge virtual and physical spaces. The history of queer politics shows that the rhetoric of viruses such as HIV are used to control marginalized populations, while the present transnational politics of viruses such as H1N1 unearth the militarization of medical authority, microscopic migrations and global inequities.

at Toronto Free Gallery
Saturday September 24, from 3 - 4 pm

on screen
Political Subversion,
a curatorial video project presented by Federica Matelli from Liminalb,  Barcelona, Spain that includes the following program:

by Angie Bonino
Saturday September 17, from 2 - 3 pm

by Miguel García
Saturday September 24, from 2 - 3 pm


Digital Event’11 is possible thanks to the support from: Canada Council For The Arts, The Toronto Free Gallery, Tinto Coffee House, Ryerson University, and OCAD University. We would also like to acknowledge the support from the artists Ricardo Rozental, Edgardo Moreno and Rodrigo Hernandez, Sue Johnson, Blanca López and all the volunteers that have made this possible

                                        tinto coffee house