This workshop focuses on our understanding of borders through body, language, and discourse. Structured as a pair of performative + discursive exercises, this workshop will serve as an opportunity for those in attendance to collaborate in honing terms and concepts that inform their practices.*
In preparation for the workshop, we would like to ask participants to be ready to share words/phrases corresponding to concepts that currently inform their work — terms they are working to define more effectively.
Wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes.
The workshop will be facilitated by Cog•nate Collective, a binational collective of artists + researchers interested in constructing platforms for critical pedagogy + exchange in collaboration with communities along the US/Mexico border.
Presented by CALA Alliance, ASU Performance in the Borderlands and ASU Art Museum.
Since 2010, Tijuana-Los Angeles based artists + researchers Misael Diaz and Amy Sanchez have collaborated as Cog•nate Collective to develop community-based research projects + public interventions + experimental pedagogical programs in the US/Mexico border region. Their work has interrogated the evolution of the border as it is simultaneously erased by economic policies and bolstered through increased militarization — tracing the fallout of this incongruence for migrant communities on either side of the border. Siting their practice primarily within markets, they seek to analyze how popular + informal forms of cultural + economic exchange taking place between transnational communities can be mobilized in defiance of solidifying political boundaries — proposing an understanding of the border not as bifurcating line, but as a region expanding and contracting with the movement of people and objects.