Political Equator 3

conversations on co-existence: border neighborhoods as sites of production

3-4 June 2011
A 2-Day Cross-Border Event

Various locations in San Diego, California & Tijuana, BC Mexico

Full schedule at: http://www.politicalequator.org/

Attracting an international roster of artists, architects, environmentalists, scholars, community activists and politicians, Political Equator 3 (PE3) will focus on The Border Neighborhood as a Site of Production, investigating practices in the arts, architecture, science and the humanities that work with peripheral neighborhoods worldwide where conditions of social and economic emergency are inspiring new ways of thinking and doing across institutions of urban development and public culture.

The third program in a series of bi-national conferences, PE3 continues to engage pressing regional socio-economic, urban and environmental conditions across the San Diego–Tijuana border. These meetings have been focusing on a critical analysis of local conflicts in order to re-evaluate the meaning of shifting global dynamics, across geo-political boundaries, natural resources and marginal communities.

Following the format of previous Political Equator meetings, PE3 is a nomadic event, an itinerant conversation traversing the border landscape itself bringing participants to the actual sites of conflict. This time, the audience will oscillate between two marginal neighborhoods on both sides of the border known as creative urban laboratories for re-imagining this border region. PE3 will unfold through a series of performances and public walks that will traverse these conflicting territories enabling debates and conversations at different stations, including an unprecedented border-crossing-performance through a large pipe under Home Land security that will allow the participants to cross the border from a protected Estuary on the US side into a Tijuana Slum that collides with the border wall on the Mexican side.

This event is receiving major support from the FORD Foundation in addition, this project has been supported in part by The Visual Arts Department and Calit2 at University of California, San Diego.

This event is co-organized by the Center for Urban Ecologies in the Visual Arts Department at UCSD, and two community-based, non-profit organizations on both sides of the border, Casa Familiar in San Ysidro, California and Alter Terra in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

For more information go to:
contact [at] politicalequator [dot] org




 Political Equator 3

DAY 01
9:00 am—Sunset

Casa Familiar / The FRONT
San Ysidro, California
147 West San Ysidro Blvd
San Diego, CA 92173-2555
(619) 428-1115

The event will be located in the border neighborhood of San Ysidro, where Community-based NGO, Casa Familiar has been evolving from social service provider into alternative developer of affordable housing. Casa Familiar has conceived the neighborhood as producer of new housing policy and economy, focusing on designing parcels as small infrastructures that mobilize social entrepreneurship into new spaces for housing, cultural production and political participation. —The Front is Casa Familiar's arts and culture hub.

8:30—9:00 am
Coffee at the FRONT

9:00—9:30 am

Andrea Skorepa, Director, Community organizer, Casa Familiar, INC, A community-based non-profit organization in San Ysidro, California
Oscar Romo, Environmentalist, Watershed Coordinator, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Director of Alter-Terra, a scientific and community-based non-profit organization in Los Laureles Canyon, Baja California and lecturer in the Urban Studies and Planning Program at UC San Diego
Teddy Cruz, Professor in Public Culture and Urbanism at the Visual Arts Department and co-director of The Center for Urban Ecologies at UCSD, San Diego, California, co-founder of Political Equator

INTRODUCTION: The Political Equator 3
Launching of the Political Equator 3 with a short introduction of the conditions to be revealed during the event, the nomadic route and the different stations. The participants are briefly introduced and the way the public is going to engage throughout the itinerant confrontations and dialogs is explained.
9:30—11:00 am
Public Walk: Walking the Common Ground

Departing from the FRONT, a walk through the border neighborhood of San Ysidro led by local community members in collaboration with Italian architect Lorenzo Romito, whose work focuses on the act of walking as a political and aesthetic practice.

11:00—12:00 am
Public Walk Reflections

Back at the FRONT, local community, guest presenters and participants respond to the public walk.

12:00—1:00 pm

Food offered by Casa Familiar and the community of San Ysidro

1:00—3:30 pm
Neighborhood Forum:
Reconnecting Urban Policy and the Community’s Imagination

1:00—1:30 pm
Framing the Issues
Re-thinking Citizenship and Property: Immigration and the Transformation of the American Neighborhood

Host: Andrea Skorepa
—Why San Ysidro?
1. Casa Familiar: the Neighborhood as Socio-Political Unit, Andrea Skorepa
2. Re-thinking housing: The neighborhood as a site of cultural production, Teddy Cruz

1:30—2:00 pm

Sergio Fajardo, former mayor of Medellin
New paradigms of Public Infrastructure and civic imagination

2:00—3:30 pm

The conversation initiated by former mayor of Medellin Sergio Fajardo’s will unfold into a ‘town-hall meeting’ where San Diego public officials, developers, scholars, activists, artists, community organizers and the public will debate obstacles that prevent and possible models that could enable new paradigms of housing policy and economy, public infrastructure and a civic culture.

3:30—4:30 pm
Unveiling the corridor of Knowledge: UCSD Community Stations Project

Conversations around a media based project that enables a corridor of knowledge-exchange between Casa Familiar, University of California San Diego (Center for Community Wellbeing and Center for Urban Ecologies) and other global neighborhoods and cultural institutions. This project will be inaugurated with a teleconference event linking Casa Familiar with other neighborhood projects in the US.

4:30—5:30 pm
Intersecting Economies

A conversation around a panel of artists, housing developers and political economists known for their work at the intersection of community engagement and alternative economies.

5:30—6:00 pm
Shuttle transfers to the Tijuana River Estuary Visitor Center

Tijuana River Estuary Visitor Center
San Ysidro, California
301 Caspian Way
Imperial Beach, CA 91932-3149
(619) 575-3613

6:00—6:20 pm

The Role of the Tijuana River Estuary
Oscar Romo
Public Walk: Navigating the Political Landscape

A walk through the Tijuana River Estuary and environmentally protected zones adjacent to the border led by local stakeholders in collaboration with Italian architect Lorenzo Romito.

DAY 02

9:00 am—Sunset

Tijuana River Estuary Visitor Center

The event will be located under a tent at a site between the estuary and Home Land Security’s new border fence, next to a sediment basin, where the pollution from Los Laureles’s informal settlement in Mexico has been seeping into the estuary on the US side.

8:30—9:00 am
Coffee at the Tijuana River Estuary Visitor Center

9:00—10:00 am
Shuttle transfers from the Tijuana River Estuary Visitor Center to a tent next to the border fence and sediment basin.

10:00—10:30 am
Framing the Issues
Re-imagining the San Diego-Tijuana Border: Activating the Threshold between the Natural and the Political

Host: Oscar Romo
—Why the Tijuana River Estuary?
1. Cross Border Natural Systems and the Rethinking of Political Jurisdictions
Oscar Romo

10:30—12:30 am
Visualizing the Evidence of Coexistence

Small physical models reproduce in miniature the juncture between the Tijuana River Estuary in San Ysidro, the new U.S. Mexico border fence and the informal settlement of Los Laureles canyon in Tijuana.

60 Linear Miles of Trans-border Conflict
Teddy Cruz
The models will serve as interlocutors for presentations by guests and conversation between Homeland Security, environmentalists and the community.

12:30—1:00 pm

1:00—3:00 pm
A Public Border Crossing

Beginning from the tent, an unprecedented border crossing will take place, as participants cross the border by foot from the US into Mexico through the culvert beneath the border fence to enter Los Laureles canyon for the last part of the event.

1:45—2:15 pm
Pause at Abandoned Checkpoint in Tijuana

—Welcome by Oscar Romo and Los Laureles Community

2:30—3:00 pm
Shuttle transfers to Los Laureles’s Alter Terra Field Station

Alter Terra Field Station / Los Laureles Canyon, Tijuana, Mexico
At Soccer Field inside Parque Frontera

The final part of the event will be located in the border community of Los Laureles, an informal settlement flanking the border, where a Community-based NGO, Alter Terra has been performing as a Scientific Station and Community Center measuring environmental degradation impacting this canyon. Alter Terra has conceived Los Laureles as producer of environmental policy and infrastructure, while mobilizing the informal economies and densities here to be the basis for new conceptions of social sustainability.

3:00—4:00 pm
Public Walk: The Possible Coexistence of the Natural and the Social

A public walk through Los Laureles informal settlement led by local community members in collaboration with Italian architect Lorenzo Romito. The walk will end at a soccer field, part of ‘Parque Frontera,’ developed by Alter Terra.
4:00—4:30 pm
Public Walk Reflections

Local community, guest presenters and participants respond to the public walk.

4:30—6:30 pm
Neighborhood Forum: Can an Informal Settlement in Tijuana be the protector of the Tijuana River Estuary in the US?

Sergio Fajardo, Former mayor of Medellin
New paradigms of Public Infrastructure and civic imagination

4:30—5:00 pm
Framing the Issues
Generating Alternative Models of Environmental Activism

Host: Oscar Romo,
—Why Los Laureles Canyon?
1. Micro-basins as Neighborhoods: Oscar Romo, Watershed Coordinator, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve
2. The Political Economy of Waste, Teddy Cruz

5:00—6:30 pm

Presentations by guest participants and presenters will discuss exemplary urban retrofit projects in Latin American that have tapped into informal settlements to re-think public infrastructure as a cultural ecology. This conversation discerning the settlement as a sustainable urban ecology will unfold as ‘town-hall meeting’ where Tijuana public officials, scholars, activists, artists, community organizers and the public will debate the obstacles that prevent and possible models that could enable informal settlements as new sites of intervention for the rethinking of environmental sustainability.

6:30—6:45 pm
Closing Remarks

Community Dinner

Food offered by Alter Terra and the community of Los Laureles Canyon.

9:00 pm

Shuttles will depart from Los Laureles back to the Tijuana River Estuary Visitor Center in San Diego.

—A list of specific guest presenters and participants for all conversations and performances will be added soon.
—Audience and participants should carry their passports for the second day of events.
—Audience and participants should wear comfortable shoes for the public walks and public crossing.
—Food served by the communities of participating neighborhoods will be offered for a small fee.
—Free transportation will be provided between stations.


art collective, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Alejandro Meitin is an artist, lawyer, environmental activist, and co-founder of the art collective Ala Plástica, which is based in La Plata, Argentina. Since 1994 he has been a member of Arte Litoral, an independent network of artists, critics, curators, and scholars interested in new ways of thinking about contemporary artistic practice and critical theory. Meitin has been involved in researching and developing collaborative artistic practices and has a number of exhibitions, residencies, and publications to his credit. He has also taught courses and given lectures in Latin America, North America, and Europe.

Artist housing developers, Minneapolis, MN

Kelley Lindquist has been president of Artspace Projects, Inc., since 1987. With his leadership, Artspace has grown from a small nonprofit organization with two full-time staff operating on less than $100,000 a year to an organization with a national presence. Initially serving as a space referral network, under Mr. Lindquist's guidance Artspace broadened its scope in the late 1980s by renovating the Northern Warehouse in Saint Paul as live/work space for artists. With Mr. Lindquist's leadership, Artspace has developed over $42 million of real estate for the arts, and
owns almost 300 units of live/work space for individual artists and over 856,000 square feet of studio, office, rehearsal, and performance space devoted to the arts.

cooperative for social spatial development Rotterdam, Netherlands, New York, NY

Emiliano Gandolfi is an architect and independent curator, co-founder of Cohabitation Strategies and Secretary of the Curry Stone Design Prize. Gandolfi was co-curator of the 11th International Architecture Exhibition – Biennale di Venezia, and before this role, he was curator at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam. He was co-curator of the public program of the 2009 Tirana Biennial, the 2007 International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, the 2011 public art biennale Evento in Bordeaux and co-founder of REbiennale, a cooperative platform created by a net of associations to share methods, processes and competences linked to self-construction. Over the past years he has been involved in a wide range of projects, exhibitions and conferences that dealt with methodologies and interventions for urban transformation, on both theoretical and practical level. He has lectured and organized conferences in many institutions worldwide; he is currently guest teacher at HEAD Haut école d'Art et Design, Genève as part of the Civic City–Civic Design program and member of iStrike.ultd Foundation.

cooperative for social spatial development Rotterdam, Netherlands, New York, NY

Lucia Babina is a cultural producer based in Rotterdam (NL). In her practice she collaborates with artists, experts from different disciplinary stands and local inhabitants, in order to give people a voice, to stimulate a sense of belonging, and to envisage opportunities of reclaiming the right to decide the way we want to live. She is founder of iStrike.ultd – organization for international exchange - and of Cohabitation Strategies – cooperative for socio-spatial development. She realized several relational works, such as: MAN (Market Academy Naschmarkt), Vienna 2010; The Cook, The Farmer, his Wife and their Neighbour, Amsterdam 2009; Moving in Free Zones #2, Rotterdam 2009. → www.luciababina.net

cooperative for social spatial development Rotterdam, Netherlands, New York, NY

Gabriela Rendon is an architect and urbanist, co-founder of Cohabitation Strategies (Rotterdam/New York), a non-profit cooperative focused on conditions of socio-spatial inequality and exclusion within the contemporary city. Her work has combined research and practice at different scales in Latin America and Europe. Gabriela's first years of work were based in the border territory of Mexico/United States confronting the complexities and contradictions of the region. Conditions that have influenced significantly her work. Gabriela is a part-time faculty at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City and has also taught at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, where she received a masters in urbanism and is currently carrying on doctoral studies at the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy. Her work has been exhibited in ‘Strange New World’ at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD), ‘World View Cities’ at the Architectural League in New York, ‘UrbanPlus’ in Zurich and in the ‘4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam’ in Rotterdam.

cooperative for social spatial development Rotterdam, Netherlands, New York, NY

Miguel Robles-Duran is an architect and urbanist. He began his practice in the border region of Tijuana/San Diego moving later on to other parts of Latin America and Europe. He has taught architecture, urban theory, and urban design at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Tijuana, Mexico; the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, California; Woodbury University Los Angeles/San Diego; K.U. Leuven, Belgium; and the Berlage Institute, Rotterdam. He headed the Civic City postgraduate program at the Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland, along with the Social InHabitat postgraduate studio at the Berlage Institute. He was also responsible for the graduate design program Urban Asymmetries at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Miguel is currently directing the master program of Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons the New School for Design, in New York City. His work as co-founder of Cohabitation Strategies (Rotterdam/New York), an international non-profit cooperative, has been focused on design processes and urban strategies in uneven urban developments and areas of social urban conflict. He has been widely published and exhibited.

director, Citylab, UC Los Angeles

Dr. Cuff holds her primary appointment in the Department of Architecture and a joint appointment in Urban Planning. She is the founding director of cityLAB, a research center at UCLA that explores the challenges facing the 21st century metropolis through design and research. Cuff's work focuses on urban design, affordable housing, modernism, urban sensing technologies, and the politics of place. She has published widely on these topics, including the books Fast Forward Urbanism (edited with Roger Sherman, Princeton Architectural 2011) and The Provisional City (MIT 2000), a project supported by both the Getty and the National Endowment for the Arts. Through cityLAB, Cuff has expanded her studies of infrastructure, postsuburban Los Angeles, and new formulations of green design, most recently through funded research about the urban design implications of proposed high speed rail. She organized the design ideas competition called WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture which attracted 400 submissions from students and design professionals around the world in 2009. Dr. Cuff teaches various courses related to the profession of architecture as well as special seminars on cultural issues, architectural theory, and urbanism.

architect, founder member of Decolonizing Architecture, director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London

Eyal Weizman is an architect, writer and curator based in London. Previously a professor of architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, he is now the director of Goldsmiths College’s Centre of Research Architecture. He set up his private practice with Rafi Segal in 1999. Their projects included the rebuilding of the Ashdod Museum of Art (opened in June 2003), a stage-set for Itim Theatre Company (premiered at the Lincoln Centre in July 2003), a runner up proposal for the Tel Aviv Museum competition and other projects. Together with the human-rights organization B’tselem, Eyal initiated a report on violations of human rights and international humanitarian law through the use of architecture and planning titled Land Grab. The map produced alongside this report was the first of its kind to represent the nature of planning and the formal dimension of the Israeli Occupation, and is currently widely used by NGOs and international organizations.

Weizman co-curated/edited the exhibition and the publication A Civilian Occupation, The Politics of Israeli Architecture shown at the Storefront Gallery for Art and Architecture in New York (February 2003), in ‘Territories’ at the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (May 2003), and ever-updated versions of the ongoing project at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam (November 2003) and other venues. He is a contributing editor of Cabinet magazine. His books published include Yellow Rhythms (010Publishers Rotterdam, 2000), three co-edited catalogues for the exhibition Territories (May 2003, November 2003, May 2004) and A Civilian Occupation (Verso, London, 2003). He is the recipient of the Stirling Memorial Lecture Prize for 2006-2007.

Architect, Urbanist and Researcher, Director of Decolonizing Architecture, Beit Sahour, Palestine

Alessandro Petti is an Architect, Urbanist and Researcher based in Bethlehem. He teaches at Honors College Al-Quds/Bard University in Abu Dis-Jerusalem, Director of the research office DAAR - Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency. In 2006 he obtained the title of Research Doctorate in Urbanism at the IUAV University of Venice under the supervision of Prof. Giorgio Agamben. Petti has written on the emerging spatial order dictated by the paradigm of security and control in Arcipelaghi e enclave (Archipelagos and enclaves, Bruno Mondadori, Milan 2007). He co-curated different research projects on the contemporary urban condition such as Borderdevices (2002-2007) with multiplicity and Stateless Nation with Sandi Hilal (2002-2007) www.statelessnation.org. His recent publications are: Return to Nature in “Ecological Urbanism”, Lars Muller Publishers, May 2010; Asymmetries in “State of exception and Resistance in the Arab World” (Arab Unity Studies 2010), Future Archaeology (Afterall, February 2009), Dubai Offshore Urbanism in Heterotopia and the City (Routledge 2008), Temporary Zones. Alternative Spaces or Territories of Social-spatial Control? in Post-it City (CCCB 2008). He has been invited to lectures in several institutions and universities (Tate modern London, Columbia University, American University of Beirut, University of Exeter, University of London, Global Art Forum Dubai, Prefix Gallery Toronto, Festival della Filosofia di Roma, Bard College New York, Henry Moore Institute, Festival Architettura Parma) and exhibited in various museums and biennials (Venice Biennale, Home Works Beirut, Red Cat Los Angeles, Oslo Triennale, Bozar, Brussels, Rotterdam Biennial, COAC Barcelona, Istanbul Biennial). He is involve with Sandi Hilal and Eyal Weyzman in a research project entitled Decolonizing Architecture, a project that explores the problems and potentiality associated with re-use, re-inhabitation and subversion of colonial structures. They won in 2010 the Price Claus Prize for Architecture and shortlisted for the Chrnikov Prize.

Former mayor of Medellin, Colombia

Sergio Fajardo Valderrama was Mayor of Medellin, Colombia's 2nd largest city, from 2003 to 2007. He has a Mathematics degree from the Universidad de Los Andes from Bogota Colombia, a Ph.D. in Mathematics and minor in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In just a couple of months, he demonstrated that he was able to run a city of Medellin, through transparency and opportunity. He balanced the local budget, used performance-based evaluation to assign the highest staff positions for the Boards of the city, and normalized teacher recruitment for one year terms. Being informal and always happy to talk to people and walk along the city streets, Fajardo changed politics in Medellin. After he left the mayoralty, he briefly joined a national radio station as a commentator which raised his profile. Fajardo ran for vice president in the 2010 election, together with the presidential candidate Antanas Mockus.

artist, project row house, Houston, TX

Rick Lowe is the founder of Project Row Houses, an arts and cultural community located in a historically significant and culturally charged neighborhood in Houston, Texas.
Rick has participated in exhibitions and programs nationally and internationally. From 1992 to the present, he has exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museum, Contemporary arts Museum, Houston, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York, Kwangji Bienale, Kwangji, Korea, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Glassell School, and the Kumamoto State Museum, Kumamoto, Japan.
Rick has worked as guest artist on a number of community projects nationally. From 2001-2002, he worked in collaboration with arts consultant Jessica Cusick on the Arts Plan for Rem Koolhaus designed Seattle Public Library. Rick worked with California based artists Suzanne Lacy and curator Mary Jane Jacobs on the Borough Project for Spoleto Festival 2003, in Charleston, SC and was lead artist on the Delray Beach Cultural Loop, Delray Beach, Florida. In 2005, he worked with the British architect, David Adjaye, on a project for the Seattle Art Museum in their new Olympic Sculpture Park. Since 2006, he has been working with a group of artists and community activists on Transforma Projects in New Orleans.

He has received many honors. In 1997, Rick and Project Row Houses were awarded a silver medal by the Rudy Bruner Awards in Urban Excellence. Rick was on the faculty of Skowhegan School of Art, Skowhegan, Maine in 1998. He was the year 2000 recipient of the American Institute of Architecture Keystone Award. In 2002, he was awarded by Theresa Heinz the Heinz Award in the arts and humanities. Rick was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University from September 2001-June 2002. He received the 2005 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Governors Award. In 2006, Rick received the Brandywine Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2007, he is an Osher Fellow at the Exploratorium, in San Francisco, served as an Innovator for the Japan Society, New York, and received the Houston Spirit Award given by the Mayor of Houston.
Rick has served in the Houston community as a member of SHAPE Community Center, the Municipal Arts Commission, board member of the Greater Houston Visitors and Conventions, board member of the Menil Foundation. He has also served as a board member of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and a host of other organizations. Rick has served as artist-in-residence at universities throughout the United States, and has lectured internationally.

B.Arch., School of Architecture, Ahmedabad (1986), M.L.A., University of Pennsylvania (1991)

Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha have focused their work for the past decade on cultural and ecological issues of contentious landscapes. Their investigations have taken them to diverse terrains including the Lower Mississippi, New York, Sundarbans, Rio Grande, Bangalore, Mumbai, and most recently Jerusalem.
Anuradha is an architect and landscape architect. She is Associate Chair, Landscape Architecture Department, University of Pennsylvania. Dilip is an architect and planner. He is faculty at Parsons School of Design, New York and at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mathur and da Cunha are authors of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (Yale University Press, 2001) that looks beyond objectifying the Mississippi as a river, and draws out a more dynamic and layered landscape that demands negotiation more than control. Mississippi Floods also took the form of a public exhibition that traveled extensively in the US and London. Mathur and da Cunha's next book, Deccan Traverses: the Making of Bangalore's Terrain (Delhi: Rupa & Co., 2006) also followed a public exhibition held in the Glass House of Lalbagh, Bangalore, in October 2004. The book and exhibition brought together a unique and extensive documentation of Bangalore's history and landscape agency, and was directed toward an innovative design strategy for Bangalore and its extended region.

In June 2009 Mathur and da Cunha opened the exhibition Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai. The exhibition (and book in conjunction with it) is a response to the flood of 2005. It presents a new visualization of Mumbai's terrain, presenting Mumbai in an estuary, a fluid threshold between land and sea. Through a range of demonstrative projects SOAK advocates design solutions that support and recover Mumbai's place in an Estuary.

An underlying thread in Mathur and da Cunha's work is a concern for how water is visualized and engaged in ways that lead to conditions of its excess and scarcity, but also the opportunities that its fluidity offers for new visualizations of terrain, design imagination, and design practice.

research chair in urban design School of Constructed Environments Parsons The New School for Design, NY

Brian McGrath is the founder and principal of Urban-Interface, LLC, a urban design consulting practice that fuses expertise in architecture, ecology and media. The firm combines new research in urban ecosystems and digital technologies to provide urban design models that engage local participants in flexible, innovative approaches to urban densification and revitalization. Current projects included partnerships with governmental agencies, private developers and cultural institutions such as the USDA Forest Service, New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, The Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Edison Properties, Tern Landing Development, the Ironbound Community Corporation and the Skyscraper Museum. McGrath is also a principle researcher in the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, a National Science Foundation's Long Term Ecological Research, where he leads the urban design working group. His books and publications include: Digital Modeling for Urban Design and Transparent Cities, Sensing the 21 st Century City (co-edited by Grahame Shane), and Cinemetrics: Architectural Drawing Today (with Jean Gardner). McGrath served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Thailand in 1998-99 and an India China Institute Fellow in 2006-2008. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and his Masters of Architecture degree from Princeton University.


Elizabeth Méndez Berry's reporting and criticism about music, culture and politics has appeared in the Washington Post, Vibe, the Village Voice, Smithsonian, and Time, among many others. "Love Hurts," her investigative article on domestic violence in the hip hop industry, won ASCAP's Deems Taylor award for music reporting. The article was also included in Da Capo's Best Music Writing anthology, as was her essay on Jay-Z's premature retirement, "The Last Hustle." In 2008, she won Columbia University's Hechinger award for best education coverage for her piece on the death of a Bronx high school.

Méndez Berry has been interviewed about music and culture by NPR, The New York Times, NBC, CBC, CNN en español, and many more. Her writing has been included on syllabi at Brown, Columbia and her alma mater the University of Toronto, and she has lectured at Princeton, Duke University, Fordham and Hunter College. She's also taught journalism to grade school students around New York City. She has a masters in journalism from Columbia, and was recently selected for the French American Foundation's Young Leaders program. She's currently at work on a book about hip hop generation political activism.

initiators of the research platforms ‘Networked Cultures’ Goldsmiths College London and Vienna University of Technology

Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer are founder members of the London and Vienna based collective ThinkArchitecture.
Peter Mörtenböck is Professor of Visual Culture at Vienna University of Technology and Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London.Helge Mooshammer is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Art and Design, Vienna University of Technology and Visiting Tutor in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, London.
Working as artists, architects, curators, and theorists, using texts, photography, videos, installations and multi-media, they have produced a wide range of research projects on contested urban spaces and geopolitical transformation.
They have contributed to the 7th and 8th Venice Architecture Biennales 2000 and 2002, and to the XXIth and XXIIth World Congresses on Architecture, Berlin 2002 and Istanbul 2005. Their current research Networked Cultures (2008) investigates the cultural transformations under way in Europe through examining the potentials and effects of networked spatial practices.

dean, school of constructed environments, Parsons The New School for Design, NY

William Morrish is a urban designer whose practice encompasses inter-disciplinary research on urban housing and infrastructure, collaborative publications on human settlement and community design, educational programs exploring integrated design which are applied to a wide range of innovative community based city projects. Drawing from the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, planning and architectural history, his work engages citizens and civic leaders in the act of giving visual representation and form to the complex infrastructural, cultural and ecological systems that link residents to community, city to region, and local to global. He is the author of Civilizing Terrains, and coauthored, Building for the Arts, Planning To Stay, and Growing Urban Habitats. Morrish is currently the Dean of the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons the New School for Design. He previously held the Elwood R. Quesada Chair in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning at the University of Virginia.

architecture collective, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mauricio Corbalan studied architecture and urbanism at Buenos Aires. He lectured in the FADU-UBA critical theory and morphology from 1993 till 2000. From 2000 to 2004 he was cofounder of m777, a collective of architects that took part of "project venus", an artists' self governed network during the argentinian crisis. Since 2005 he started with PioTorroja, m7red, a research platform dedicated to explore the interactions between information technologies, urban ecologies and public policies. M7red is based in Buenos Aires but has been developing strategical partnerships in many other scenarios. From 2005 to 2008 m7red was guest of "Het Blauwe Huis", a project of Jeanne van Heeswijk in IJburg, and has partnered in experiments on public space with Raumlabor Berlin. In 2007 m7red was invited to Porto Alegre to develop a tool for urban discussions related to the city's participatory budget. Most recently, m7red has participated at the "Transit Labour" meeting in Shanghai about new media workers. They have started in 2009 a collaboration with Teddy Cruz on the assessment and empowerment of threatened neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, Madrid and Seoul. This was was formalized in 2011by the settling of the "laboratory of urban assemblages and uncertainties" hosted by the CIA of Buenos Aires. As a member of the GPA collective, m7red have recently published "Paraformal: Urban Ecologies", an ongoing research on the uncertain legal status of urban infrastructure in the cities of Latin America. M7red main project is the mapping of the controversy of a polluted river basin in the Bs As. metropolitan area. Together with "Garagelab" they are working on this issue building an environmental monitoring platform for public information.

director, BaSIC initiative, professor, New center for sustainable Processes and practices Portland state university, Oregon

Co-founder and Director of the BaSiC Initiative, Sergio Palleroni is a Professor and Fellow of the new Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices at Portland State University. He has been a Professor at the University of Texas, Austin and University of Washington, where in 1995 he co-founded the BaSiC Initiative with Professor David Riley to support the service learning work they had been doing with students since the late 1980s in Mexico and Central America. Sergio earned his professional BArch from the University of Oregon and his MSArchS in History Theory & Criticism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has worked on housing and community development in the developing world since the 1970's, both for not-for-profit, governmental, and international development and relief agencies such as the United Nations and the World Bank, as well as the governments of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, India, and Taiwan. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and design work for underserved communities, including the National Education Awards from the ACSA/AIA (1997), NCARB (2003 and 2006), and the National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institution and the White House in 2005. His books include: Time & Other Constructs: The Work of Carlos Miijares, co-authored with Rodolfo Santamaria (Escala Press, 1989); Studio at Large: Architecture in Service of Global Communities, with Christine Merkelbach (University of Washington Press, 2004); and Teaching Sustainability in Asia (NTUT Press, 2006). In addition, his work has appeared in numerous international magazines and publications including, most recently, Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism, by Bryan Bell and Katie Wakeford (2008), Design Like You Give a Damn, by Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr (2006), Building a Straw Bale House: The Red Feather Construction Handbook (2005), and the forthcoming Experiments in Design Pedagogy, by Mao-lin Chiu (Taipei, 2009).

architect, founding member of Stalker and ON/Osservatorio Nomad, Rome, Italy

Lorenzo Romito is a founding member of Stalker and ON/Osservatorio Nomad. He graduated in architecture at the University la Sapienza in Rome in 1997 and is the recipient of the 2000-2001 Prix de Rome in Architecture at the Accademia di Francia in Rome. His involvement in Stalker, a laboratory of urban art and researches on territory, focuses on the relations between art, architecture, urban social history, and environmental studies. He also produces performances, publications, exhibitions, and conference worldwide; including the participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2001, the Manifesta Biennal in Lijubliana in 2001, the Rome Art Quadriennale in 2008, and Venice Architectural Biennale in 2008. He is also the coordinator of the ON/Osservatorio Nomade international network, promoted by Stalker, whose main projects include the Immaginare Corviale with F. Careri (2003-2005); Egnatia, a path of displaced memories (2002-2005); Campagnaromana (2006), distances, belongings and emergencies in the "beyond- city," Rieres'i'rambles (2007), and GRA Inversione di Marcia (U-Turn) (2009).

designer, artist and founder of center for urban pedagogies, urban designer for City of Newark

Damon Rich is a designer and artist, and currently serves as the Urban Designer for the City of Newark, New Jersey. His work represented the United States at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, has been exhibited at venues including PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, Storefront for Art and Architecture, SculptureCenter, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Netherlands Architecture Institute. In Newark, Damon leads design efforts with public and private actors to improve the city’s public spaces, including the launch of the This is Newark! Public Art Program in 2009. Damon is also overseeing the design and development of the city’s first riverfront park, currently in construction. In 1997, he founded the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York City nonprofit organization that uses design to increase the impact of public participation in urban planning and community development, where he was the Creative Director for 10 years. In 2007, he was a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His solo exhibition Red Lines Housing Crisis Learning Center was on view at the Queens Museum of Art May 31–September 27, 2009. Damon has taught architecture and planning at schools including the Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, and Syracuse University, and has written on architecture and politics for publications including Perspecta, the Village Voice, the Nation, and Architecture.

architect, professor, Syracuse University, NY

Francisco Sanin is Professor and Chair of the Graduate Program at Syracuse University. Has taught at the Architectural Association, Kingston University, and Greenwich University in London. Princeton University in the States. Visiting Professor at several Universities around the world, among them the Korean National University in Seoul, South Korea Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas Venezuela. U.P.B in Colombia., Oregon School of Design and Miami University in the USA, Cergy Pontoise in France and La Cambre School of Architecture in Belgium.

Has participated in many international competitions in Europe, Latin and North America. Including Winning entry for “Una idea per le Murate in Florence, Italy”. Honorary Mention Piazza Dante, Genoa., Housing development in Prato, Italy, Tegel in Berlin etc, House T in Hayree new town, South Korea. Urban Design masterplans including the recent study for the development of a new master plan for a disused industrial site in Medellin Colombia for He recently won an international competition for the Buddhist Monastery of Haeinsa in South Korea. Has been an advisor to the Korean Commissioner design of the Korean Pavilion in the Venice Biennale 2004 and an advisor in 2006.

Has served as a juror in international competitions as well as AIA awards in the US, recently was part of the jury for the First Town International Competition in South Korea.Third Prize in the Public Administration Town in South Korea done with Iroje Architects.


Pelin Tan trained in sociology and art history. She completed her master and phd on the issues of globalization, socially engaged art practices and ethics of locality at ITU. She was granted by DAAD-Berlin (2006-2007), IASPIS- Sweden (2008), CEU Urban Strategies-Budapest (2005). Co-editor of the book “Public Space Discussion in Contemporary Art” (Bilgi Univ.Press, 2007), editor of Muhtelif contemporary art magazine, guest-editor of special Istanbul neoliberal urban transformation issue Arch+ architecture magazine (2008). She worked with initiations such as Anarchitektur, Stalker, Inura, Sulukule Platform, Maria Papadimitrou. She organized neighborhood activists and urbanist workshops lead by Prof.Neil Brenner (2008). She was a guest professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Architecture and Urban Research MA Program, Nuremberg (2008); and guest lecturer at the History of Art Departments at the Technical University, Berlin (2006–2007) and Trier University, Trier (2004). She has contributed to numerous publications including: Becoming Istanbul, An Encyclopedia (2008); When Things Cast No Shadow (catalog, 5th Berlin Biennale) (2008); Megastructure Reloaded (2008); and Contemporary Art In Turkey: 1986–2006 (2007) and magazines such as Domus, Bidoun, Artpapers, derive, Graz Architecture Magazine and others. She is a member of the curatorial advisory board of DEPO Istanbul (www.depoistanbul.net).

Tan is working on her forthcoming book “Unconditional Hospitality and Architecture” that deals with Derrida's notion of unconditional hospitality, encounter ethics of Levinas and architectural design.

Tan is a research fellow at the ACT (Art, Culture, and Technology) program of the Department of Architecture – School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Spring, 2011).

Founding Director, Hemispheric Institute Of performance and politics, NY University, NY

Diana Taylor is University Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at NYU. She is the author of Theatre of Crisis: Drama and Politics in Latin America (1991), which won the Best Book Award given by New England Council on Latin American Studies and Honorable Mention in the Joe E. Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama, of Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's 'Dirty War', Duke U.P., 1997, and The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (Duke U.P., 2003) which won the Outstanding Book award from the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, and the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize from the Modern Language Association. She is co-editor of: PMLA’s special issue on WAR, published October 2009, Stages of Conflict: A Reader in Latin American Theatre and Performance (Michigan U. P.), Holy Terrors: Latin American Women Perform (Duke U.P., 2004), Defiant Acts/Actos Desafiantes: Four Plays by Diana Raznovich, Bucknell U. P., 2002, Negotiating Performance in Latin/o America: Gender, Sexuality and Theatricality, Duke U.P., 1994, and The Politics of Motherhood: Activists from Left to Right, University Press of New England, 1997, and editor of five volumes of critical essays on Latin American, Latino, and Spanish playwrights. Her articles on Latin American and Latino performance have appeared in The Drama Review, Theatre Journal, Performing Arts Journal, Latin American Theatre Review, Estreno, Gestos, Signs, MLQ and other scholarly journals. She has also been invited to participate in discussions on the role of new technologies in the arts and humanities in important conferences and commissions in the Americas (i.e. ACLS Commission on Cyberinfrastructure). She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005-6. Diana Taylor is founding Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, funded by foundations such as Ford, Rockefeller, Mellon, the Henry Luce Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

associate professor, CCA, San Francisco, former member of International Center for Environmental Education and the UN Environment and development programs

Ignacio Valero is a current associate professor of Humanities and Sciences at CCA. He has also taught at the University of Madrid, University of the Andes, and Xavier University of Columbia.

Ignacio was formerly with the International Center for Environmental Education, CIFCA, and the United Nations environment and development programs UNEP and UNDP. He was a senior associate with the Colombian Science Foundation, deputy director of Colombia's Environmental Protection Agency, and a member of the presidential advisory council for the writing of the new Colombian constitution.

Ignacio's current interests include the political economy of the image, consumption, desire, and the society of the spectacle; environment, globalization, and the commons; and the aesthetic, philosophical, and cultural dimensions of "archaic modernity" in science fiction, anime, gender and sexual difference, mass media, and sociopolitical development. He is also interested in understanding practices leading to critical and creative pedagogies, and he is working on a poetry manuscript.

artist, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Jeanne van Heeswijk is a visual artist who creates contexts for interaction in public spaces. Her projects distinguish themselves through a strong social involvement. With her work, Van Heeswijk stimulates and develops cultural production and creates new public (meeting-) spaces or remodels existing ones. To achieve this, she often works closely with artists, designers, architects, software developers, governments and citizens. She regularly lectures on topics such as urban renewal, participation and cultural production. Her projects include: ‘Freehouse, Radicalizing local production’, reinforces the economic position of the Afrikaanderwijk by linking of economic and cultural capital in a form of co-production.and makes visible the cultural process of devising and implementing new products. ‘It Runs in the Neighborhood’, a hospital soap series filmed and acted by the employees and in a running hospital for cultural capital of Norway; ‘The Blue House’, a house for the unplanned on the manmade island IJburg; ‘Dwaallich’t, a narrative monument for a working-class neighborhood now part of the Historic Museum, Rotterdam; ‘Face Your World’, StedelijkLab Slotervaart, an interactive design lab for youngsters, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; ‘Subway to the outside’, a TV-series with interventions, Artists Space, New York; and ‘Casco, Coffee and Communication’, a mobile communication vehicle for democratic Design, Casco, Utrecht. Lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Van Heeswijk’s work has been featured in internationally renowned biennials such as those of Bushan, Taipei, Shanghai and Venice.
www.jeanneworks.net, www.freehouse.nl, www.blauwehuis.org

architect and critic based in London

Ines Weizman, Diploma in Architecture (Bauhaus University Weimar), MPhil (Cantab.), PhD (Architectural Association), is an architect and critic based in London. She taught design and architectural history and theory at the Architectural Association. In 2005 she was guest professor at the Berlage Institute of Architecture in Rotterdam and taught politics at Goldsmiths College London. In recent years she researched utopian visions within the context of urbanism after the collapse of the Iron Curtain, particularly about the architectural transformation of former East German cities since the reunification. She published articles on the political and ideological spectacles enacted by Soviet-era architecture, on the urban historiography of former East German cities, as well as on the phenomena of 'shrinking cities'


Artist and Urban Anthropologist

Fiamma Montezemolo is trained as both an anthropologist and an artist. She has conducted extensive fieldwork research in Brazil, Mexico and the Tijuana-San Diego border. She has held several academic positions and is a well-published scholar with articles in major journals, two monographs, the acclaimed co-edited (Rene' Peralta and Heriberto Yepez) HERE IS TIJUANA (Blackdog, 2006), and Reassembling Tiuana: The Border City, co-edited with Josh Kun (Duke Press, 2011). Her installations and site-specific art work has been exhibited in various venues in San Francisco, New York, New Orleans, and Rome.

Artist and writer

Omar Pimienta (Tijuana-San Diego), is an interdisciplinary artist/writer who uses the lens of personal-geography in order to explore social landscapes, collective and individual histories, and the spaces within/between the imagination and the image. He received his B.A in Latin American Studies from SDSU and his MFA in Visual Arts from UCSD.

Principal founder of Smith and Others Architects

Smith and Others Architects is an alternative practice founded in 1973. The firm has completed a wide range of unusual housing projects acting as developers, architects, and contractors. In 2005 Woodbury University initiated a new graduate program directed by Smith to teach development strategies to architects.

Director of Field Research and a lecturer in Urban Studies and Planning at UCSD

Keith Pezzoli, Ph.D., is the director of field research and a lecturer in urban studies and planning at UC San Diego. Off campus, Pezzoli directs The Global Action Research Center (The Global ARC), a not-for-profit organization that promotes just and sustainable bioregionalism. Pezzoli’s work integrates science, green business, art and multimedia communications for healthy communities through progressive social networking regionally and globally.


Heriberto Yepez is the author of more than a dozen books in Spanish, ranging from fiction to poetry. About border culture he has written books like Tijuanalogias, Made in Tijuana and Here is Tijuana. He currently teaches art theory at the Arts School in Universidad Autonoma de Baja California and iss visiting professor at the Literature Department/writing program in UCSD. He defines himself as a post-Mexican writer.

Director of the Master of Science in Landscape + Urbanism at Woodbury University School of Architecture

Educated at the New School of Architecture in SD and at the Architectural Association in London. Rene Peralta is Senior Lecturer of the Tijuana Urban Design Studio at Washington University in St. Louis and teaches Latin American Urbanism at SCIArc. Currently he is Director of the Master of Science in Landscape + Urbanism at Woodbury University School of Architecture in San Diego. He has published in the US, Mexico, Cuba, Italy and France and lectured abroad in Korea, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Argentina. His research work includes World View Cities Tijuana: for The Architectural League of New York and is co-author of the book Here is Tijuana, Black Dog Publishing, London 2006. Lives in Tijuana

b.a.n.g. lab

The b.a.n.g. lab is an On/Off line space for artists in the Visual Arts Department at UCSD to explore and present works at the edge of invisibility, at the edge of the digital and biological, at the edge of micro-robotics and nano-art, from in-virtu to in-vivo works and back. The b.a.n.g. lab is directed by Ricardo Dominguez. Current projects include the Transborder Immigrant Tool. Current lab members include Micha Cardenas, Christopher Head, Elle Mehrmand, Amy Sara Carroll and Brett Stalbaum.
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Co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT)
Ricardo Dominguez is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), a group that developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. One of his recent Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0 projects with Brett Stabaum, Micha Cardenas, Amy Sara Carroll, and Elle Mehrmand is the *Transborder Immigrant Tool* (a GPS cellphone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S border. It was the winner of “Transnational Communities Award,” funded by *Cultural Contact*, Endowment for Culture Mexico – U.S. and handed out by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico), also funded by CALIT2 and two Transborder Awards from the UCSD Center for the Humanities. The Transborder Immigrant Tool has been exhibited at the California Biennial 2010 (OCMA), Here Not There (MOCA, La Jolla), and recently in San Salvador, El Salvado. Ricardo is an Associate Professor at UCSD in the Visual Arts Department, a Hellman Fellow, and Principal/Principle Investigator at CALIT2 (http://bang.calit2.net). He is also co-founder of *particle group* combines new media, the paraliterary, performance, artivism, and humor to produce different gestures that forge a subversive relationship with the newest frontiers of technological science in an effort to undermine some of their assumptions of authority and power. *particle group* has exhibited at ISEA (San Jose) 2006, House of World Culture (Berlin) 2007, “Inside the Wave” at the San Diego Museum of Art 2008, Oi Futuro (Brazil) 2008, CAL NanoSystems Institute (UCLA), 2009, Medialab-Prado, Madrid (Spain), 2009, Nanosferica, (NYC) 2010. (pitmm.net)
b.a.n.g lab

Co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT)
Brett Stalbaum is a C5 research theorist specializing in information theory, database, and software development. A serial collaborator, he was a co-founder of the Electronic Disturbance Theater in 1998, for which he co-developed software called FloodNet (http://www.thing.net/~rdom/ecd/ecd.html), which has been used on behalf of the Zapatista movement against the websites of the Presidents of Mexico and the United States, as well as the Pentagon. As Forbes Magazine put it “Perhaps the first electronic attack against a target on American soil was the result of an art project.” For EDT, this was all learned behavior taught by the example of the Zapatistas. Also known for his work with C5 corp and paintersflat.net, Stalbaum holds an MFA in fine art from CADRE at San Jose State University, a BA in Film Studies from San Francisco State University, and an AA in Music from Napa Valley College. He is a full-time lecturer with security employment in Visual Arts at UCSD (Academic Senate faculty) and coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts Major (ICAM). Current research can be found at www.walkingtools.net, an umbrella site for generative walking algorithms, the development of mobile software and GPS APIs (walkingtools reference APIs), applications for narrative walking art (HiperGeo), and related activist software (Transborder Immigrant Tool). Walkingtools.net work has been presented world wide, most recently at SCANZ (New Zealand), FILE (Brazil), and the Edith Russ Haus (Germany). Staubam lives in an unincorporated area of Eastern San Diego County, USA.
b.a.n.g. lab

artist / theorist
Micha Cárdenas is an artist/theorist whose transreal work mixes physical and networked spaces in order to explore emerging forms of queer relationality, biopolitics and DIY horizontal knowledge production. She will be starting her PhD at the Interdivisional Program in Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) at USC in Fall 2011. Micha is the Interim Associate Director of Art and Technology for UCSD’s Sixth College in the Culture, Art and Technology program. She is an artist/researcher with the UCSD School of Medicine, CRCA and the b.a.n.g. lab at Calit2. She was previously a lecturer in the Visual Arts department and Critical Gender Studies program at UCSD. Her recent publications include Trans Desire/Affective Cyborgs, with Barbara Fornssler, from Atropos Press, “I am Transreal”, in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation from Seal Press and “Becoming Dragon: A Transversal Technology Study” in Code Drift from CTheory. Her collaboration with Elle Mehrmand, “Mixed Relations,” was the recipient of the UCIRA Emerging Fields Award for 2009. She has exhibited and performed in biennials, museums and galleries in cities around the world including Los Angeles, San Diego, Tijuana, New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Egypt, Ecuador, Spain, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Dublin, Ireland and many other places. Her work has been written about in publications including Art21, the Associated Press, the LA Times, CNN, BBC World, Wired and Rolling Stone Italy.
b.a.n.g. lab

performance/new media artist
Elle Mehrmand is a performance/new media artist and musician who uses the body, electronics, video, sound and installation within her work. She is the singer and trombone player of Assembly of Mazes, a music collective who creates dark, electronic, middle eastern, rhythmic jazz rock. Elle is currently an MFA candidate at UCSD, and received her BFA in art photography with a minor in music at CSULB. She has received grants from UCIRA, the Russell Foundation and Fine Arts Affiliates. Elle is a researcher at CRCA at UCSD and is a member of the electronic disturbance theatre 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab. Her performances have been shown in Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Durham, Tijuana, Montreal, Dublin, Istanbul and Bogotá. Her work has been discussed in Art21, the LA Times, Juxtapoz Magazine, Networked Performance, Reno News and Review, the LA Weekly, the OC weekly, VICE, and Furtherfield.org.
b.a.n.g. lab

Assistant Professor of American Culture / Latino / a Studies and English at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Amy Sara Carroll is Assistant Professor of American Culture / Latino / a Studies and English at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received a Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University (2004), and an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Cornell University (1995). Her research, teaching, and writing interests include Latino/a American contemporary cultural production (performance, art, video, and literature), feminist, queer, and postcolonial theory, visual culture, cultural studies, inter-American studies, border studies, and critical creative writing. Her poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies such as Talisman, Carolina Quarterly, The Iowa Review, Mandorla, Chain, Bombay Gin, Seneca Review, Borderlands, Faultline, This Bridge We Call Home, and Not For Mothers Only: Contemporary Poets on Child-Getting and Child-Rearing. She has exhibited poem-prints at the Audre Lorde Project (Brooklyn, New York), Duke University Museum of Art, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center (Auburn, New York), and State-of-the-Art Gallery (Ithaca, New York).

Professor and Chair Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies

Norma Iglesias-Prieto has a multidisciplinary academic background (Communication Theory, Visual and Social Anthropology, and Film). She is anchored in Border Studies with a focus on cultural processes and social-gendered identities on the U.S.-Mexico Border from a transborder/transnational perspective. She is Professor and Chair of the Department of Chicana/o Studies at San Diego State University. For 22 years she was a Researcher at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte. She is the author of several books and academic articles. In addition to her research experience, she has worked in video, film and radio production.

FAAR, Assistant Professor, Woodbury University San Diego

Jose Parral has been associated with various landscape architecture firms within California, currently partner of the practice josetasi and teaches architecture at Woodbury University San Diego. He was recipient of the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture, American Academy in Rome. There Jose re-evaluated temporal relationships between human occupations in public spaces.

Director of the Binational Center for Human Rights

Víctor Clark Alfaro was born in Tijuana and studied Social Anthorpology at the Universidad Iberoamericana y Mexico City, and doctoral studies in Sociology at the University of California San Diego. He has been a professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (1981–83), and since 1999 a lecturer at San Diego State University. He is founder and Director of the Binational Center for Human Rights. In addition Clark Alfaro has been a writer for the Pacific News Service (1987–1990), and council member of the Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas (CDI) (2004–06).

Chair, Landscape Architecture NewSchool of Architecture and Design, San Diego

Leslie is Landscape Architecture program Chair at NewSchool of Architecture and Design. She has a master’s degree (M.E.D.) from Yale and a BSLA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is a Rome Prize Fellow, and has a Graham Foundation Grant for book research on the ecological artists Helen and Newton Harrison.

Environmental NGO
Founded in 2007, Tijuana Calidad de Vida was founded by professionals in the following disciplines: architecture, civil engeneering, accounting, law, quemistiry and marketing. The organization came together with the following aim: to support and promote quality of life for each and every citizen in Tijuana, with special attention to environmental health and sustainability. Since its inception, TCV has become an important advocate organization in Tijuana and since 2009 has worked particularly with the Los Laureles Improvement Council and created numerous clean-up events in the Canyon as well as Playas de Tijuana.

Associate Professor, Communication Department and Associate Director, Center for Global California Studies

Elana Zilberg's research interests lie at the borders of anthropology and cultural geography, and of Latino and Latin American Studies. Her current work on the policing and deportation of Salvadoran immigrant gang (affiliated, alleged and affected) youth and their reception in El Salvador, examines the production of transnational space and identity at the nexus of migration, violence and security. She also works on communication and consumption networks between immigrants in the US and their families in Latin America. She teaches courses on representation, consumption, violence, space and place, cultural poetics, globalization, neoliberalism, and ethnography.

Director, UCSD Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)

In 2004 Ramesh R. Raao was appointed the first holder the QUALCOMM Endowed Chair in Telecommunications and Information Technologies in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, where he has been a faculty member since 1984. Prior to becoming the Calit2 UCSD division director in 2001, Professor Rao was the director of the Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) at UCSD. Dr. Rao is involved on a day-to-day basis with a wide variety of research initiatives. He leads several major interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects and has been a PI on dozens of federal-, state-, foundation- and industry-funded grants. He has authored nearly 200 peer-reviewed technical papers, contributed a half a dozen book chapters and served as an editor on two books. Dr. Rao has been a senior member of IEEE since 1990 and has twice been a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society (1997–1999, 2000–2002). In 2007 Dr. Rao became the chair of the Committee for Healthcare and Information Technology, which is a part of the Partnership for the Global Economy program of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (SDREDC). He is also on the Board of Directors of CommNexus San Diego: A Network of Communications Companies (CommNexus).

Director of Laboratory for Comparative Human Cognition

Michael Cole's work focuses on the elaboration of a mediational theory of mind. He has conducted cross-cultural research on cognitive development, especially as it relates to the role of literacy and schooling. His recent research has been devoted to a longitudinal study of individual and organizational change within educational activities specially designed for afterschool hours. These systems link universities and local communities and allow a study of the dynamics of appropriation and use of new technologies and cultural-historical approaches to human development. According to Cole's methodology, mind is created and must be studied in communication.

Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director at San Diego Mesa College

Alessandra Moctezuma is Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director at San Diego Mesa College, where she supervises the Museum/Gallery Studies program and teaches Chicano Art. Originally from Mexico City, Ms. Moctezuma grew up in Los Angeles and earned Bachelor of Art and Master of Fine Arts (Painting/Printmaking) degrees from UCLA. From San Diego, she is completing a Ph.D. program in Hispanic Languages and Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In Los Angeles, Ms. Moctezuma taught design classes at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and Woodbury University and also conducted arts workshops for young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods. As an educator she has lectured on art in several Southern California colleges and universities and also organized a panel for the 1999 CAA Los Angeles conference titled Contemporary Artists in Los Angeles: Strategies for Social and Public Participation.

Director of the Culture, Art, and Technology program at Sixth College at U.C. San Diego

Elizabeth Losh is the author of Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes and the Director of the Culture, Art, and Technology program at Sixth College at U.C. San Diego. She writes about institutions as digital content-creators, the discourses of the "virtual state," the media literacy of policy makers and authority figures, and the rhetoric surrounding regulatory attempts to limit everyday digital practices. She has published articles about videogames for the military and emergency first-responders, government websites and YouTube channels, state-funded distance learning efforts, national digital libraries, political blogging, and congressional hearings on the Internet.




Transborder Immigrant Tool crossed into Tijuana, Mexico on June 4 12:30 via a tunnel at the border (video 3:28 mins.). The gesture was done as part of Political Equator 3: http://bang.calit2.net/