The UC San Diego Visual Arts Department Experimental Drawing Studio (EDS) Initiatve presents

Incendiary Traces at the US - Mexico Border

An immersive exploration of the intersections between art, architecture and border patrol methods in San DIego, California.

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, All Day
Friday, April 4th, 2014, 2-4 PM

UC San Diego Structural and Materials Engineering Bldg (SME) #202
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

Thursday, April 3, 2014 (All Day Event) Location TBD
The day will include a 6-mile driving tour led by US Border Patrol between the international boundary fences, along with informal on-site presentations and drawing. These activities will help participants compare professional art, architecture and patrol methods of observing, recording and demarcating this complex landscape. During the tour, historian Celeste Menchacha will give an informal presentation on her research of US / Mexico survey, patrol and demarcation methods from 1848-1858 and 1905-1942. We will also learn about border architecture from a US Border Patrol agent who has been with the agency for 25 years, including working on the border maintenance crew. There will be approximately 2.5 hours to draw on-site. Please contact incendiary traces if you are interested in joining the tour: incendiarytraces [at]

Friday, April 4, 2014 (2-4pm) SME 202
A follow-up presentation will be given about the draw-in experience. It will include a discussion with artist Hillary Mushkin and historian Celeste Menchaca.

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the U.C. San Diego Department of Visual Arts including the Experimental Drawing Studio and Center for Urban Ecologies. Additional support comes from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA).

About Incendiary Traces
Incendiary Traces is a collective exploration of the role of landscape imagery in international conflict through public on-site drawing events, research and publication of related materials by diverse contributors. It was initiated in 2011 by Los Angeles-based artist Hillary Mushkin. For more information visit

About the EDS Initiative

The Experimental Drawing Studio provides open space for an intersection of disciplines that engage the practice of drawing in its expansive range of forms. Artists, engineers, architects, writers, designers, animators and media practitioners will have a clean and unencumbered space to specifically explore the role of drawing in their research. The studio will be used for exploratory drawing research and practice. This includes, for example, large scale or collaborative drawing projects, workshops and conferences on drawing, independent, collaborative and mentored projects between faculty and MFA and PhD Practice students and advanced undergraduates for the preparation for an exhibition, the scope of a proposed project, design and lay out of a graphic book, or focused research and teaching for an academic quarter.

The Experimental Drawing Studio is led by Associate Professor Amy Adler, Visual Arts UCSD in collaboration with Visual Arts Studio Area faculty and a committee of Visual Arts graduate students.

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Amy Adler
Associate Professor
UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts

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