Imaging the U.S./Mexico Border at Ars Virtua

By John Craig Freeman

With Performance by Second Front at Ars Virtua in Second Life, January 5, 2007.

Screen Capture from "Imaging the U.S./Mexico Border" at Ars Virtua, John Craig Freeman, January 5, 2007.

Screen Capture of JC Fremont during installation, from "Imaging the U.S./Mexico Border" at Ars Virtua, John Craig Freeman, January 5, 2007.

Screen Capture of the "Imaging the U.S./Mexico Border" at Ars Virtua with border fence, John Craig Freeman, January 5, 2007.

Screen Capture from the opening of the "Imaging the U.S./Mexico Border" at Ars Virtua with craigcam, John Craig Freeman, January 5, 2007.

Screen Capture of Second Front performance, "Border Control," at the opening of "U.S./Mexico Border at Ars Virtua," John Craig Freeman, January 5, 2007.

During the opening of Imaging the U.S./Mexico Border the performance group Second Front was invited to perform in response to the piece. The performance was total mayhem, quiet entertaining, helicopters, tanks, border patrol. In the end they set the place on fire and then nuked the entire joint sending the entire audience out into oblivion. It was hard but not impossible to return to the space after some time but it was a wreck with performance objects scattered everywhere and if you stepped in the wrong place you would float back off into space. I had to just leave. By the time they got it all cleaned up everyone was gone. It would have been a perfect way to end the event, not start it. At least it trigged plenty of attention and controversy. Luckily I was hanging out early and spent good time with a steady stream of folks coming through before 7:00 pm. and there have been many people returning since. There is a perforative aspect to what I am doing, one to one digital story telling in real-time using Imaging Place nodes as memory triggers. January 6th, 2007

Lythe Witte, Border Art, Slatenight (2006).

Please see Imaging the U.S./Mexico Border.

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