Exhibition Detail

Border Control: Traversing horizons in media practice

Border Control: Traversing horizons in media practice

September 20, 2019 – November 10, 2019

Curated by Allison Collins in collaboration with Carried Edinger and Srimoyee Mitra
Presented in partnership with the New Media Caucus

Human migration is a defining issue of the 21st century, often calling into question the relevancy, role, and responsibilities of national borders across the globe. As individuals seek refuge from geo-political and environmental forces, we become an increasingly globalized community. Demarcations of all types are simultaneously porous and closed, defensive and receptive, and seen in almost every facet of our existence.

A continued embrace of technology from broadcast through fibre optic networks more closely mirrors the swirling climate patterns of our natural environment. Border Control responds to these conditions with an open-ended call, posing the question of how humanity has made sense of the world in relation to borders and boundaries both physically and psychologically. While humans are regularly positioned within (or outside of) defined spaces and identities, the crossing and refusal of such literal definitions is paramount. Even while lines drawn have important consequences for lived reality, including life and death consequences, the winds, currents, and natural energies of the earth deny any such enclosure and definition that politics and maps might suggest.

This assembly of works brings together artists’ considerations of these terms, offering a range of replies that consider geographical contexts, patterns of migration, displacement, and statelessness, offering projects with subterfuge, refusal, and reconsideration of imposed state-sanctioned boundaries. Drawn from practices that are touched or driven by new media, Border Control has a focus on technologies, both digital and analogue. As a natural extension of the reach of the state through global technocratic economic networks, the exhibition and accompanying symposium offer insight to the urgency of our entanglements with one another, the environment and the state. Looking beyond, toward the line of the horizon as a lingering yet nonexistent border, it explores edges that appear in defiance of imposed structures, where individuals might redefine the boundaries of their lives and pursuits.

Image: On Exile, elsewhere with here
Film still, HD, 16:9, color, 2017
José Carlos Teixeira + Nicholas Wynia (DP)

  • Border Control: New Media Caucus 2019 Symposium / Thursday, September 19, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm / Friday, September 20, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm / Saturday, September 21, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm / Sunday, September 22, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Exhibition Venues

Stamps Gallery
201 S. Division Street, Ann Arbor MI 48104 (between Liberty St. and Washington St. in downtown Ann Arbor)

Open during exhibitions Tuesday - Sunday. Closed Mondays and holidays.
Stamps Gallery will be closed July 4-5, 2019.

Tue: 11am - 5pm
Wed: 11am - 5pm
Thu: 11am - 7pm
Fri: 11am - 7pm
Sat: 11am - 5pm
Sun: 11am - 5pm