Slantwise. Beyond Domination and Resistance on the Border.
Our ancestors could spot natural predators from far by their silhouettes. Are we equally aware of the predators in the present-day? Drones are remote-controlled planes that can be used for anything from surveillance and deadly force, to rescue operations and scientific research. Most drones are used today by military powers for remote-controlled surveillance and attack, and their numbers are growing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicted in 2012 that within 20 years there could be as many as 30.000 drones flying over U.S. Soil alone. As robotic birds will become commonplace in the near future, we should be prepared to identify them. This survival guide is an attempt to familiarise ourselves and future generations, with a changing technological environment.
The buying and selling of second hand clothes is an everyday behavior of the people of Tijuana. The installation to exhibit each recycled garment on walls, fences and facades of houses turn into a social performance that can be see seen throughout the city.
In Walk in closet, the act of representation in the objects contains tension of border identity. The clothing, as an everyday existence is a human pretense of belonging to itself. The images that I present seek to re-signify the clothing as an archeological footprint, social symbol, anecdote, pose, texture, presence and spectacle in the urban landscape of Tijuana.
The project Walk in closet is born when I become a worker that crosses ‘the line’ everyday between Tijuana and San Diego and I contemplate the contrasts of a post-industrial landscape with its excess of consumerism and another underdeveloped landscape with its recycle culture.
The title of the proyect—Walk in closet—underlines a paradox with the context that takes me to that description by Italo Calvino en his The Invisible Cities: “the eye doesn’t see things, but shapes of things that signify other things.”