Along the Border

Along the Border presents the work of experimental composer, multimedia artist, and performance artist Guillermo Galindo to explore the economic, political, and social issues around the Mexico-United States border. Since 2009, Galindo has created a series of instruments, or as Galindo calls them, “cybertotemic sonic objects,” that are crafted from discarded objects found at multiple sites along the 2000-mile national divide. On exhibit are works constructed from discarded cans, shoes, bicycle wheels, wood, leather, and more.

Galindo composes and performs with these instruments, and has created printed scores that pull from the graphic score tradition of composers like John Cage and Cornelius Cardew. For his Flags series — one of which will also be on exhibit — Galindo printed a variety of unique systems of notation onto several weathered flags found at the border, originally used to indicate the presence of water tanks stationed in the Calexico desert.

Along the Border asks us to think about how international borders are formed by exploring the historical, political and geographical significance of borders, and will feature labels written by students in the Spring 2018 course, “Life on the Line: Evolving Identity Formation on the US/Mexico Border,” taught by Diana M. Barnes, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, Skidmore College. Guillermo Galindo will also present a live performance on Tuesday, March 20, at 6:00 pm and conduct a workshop at the Tang on the morning of Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
Exhibition Name
Along the Border
Exhibition Type
Faculty Curated
Solo Exhibitions
Winter Gallery
Feb 17, 2018 - Apr 22, 2018
Along the Border is curated by Skidmore College Professor Emeritus of Economics Mehmet Odekon and Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Malloy Curator Rachel Seligman with Curatorial Assistant Molly Channon
Guillermo Galindo
Student Staff
Serena Hildebrandt
Exhibitions Assistant, Tang Guide, Student Advisory Council, past: 2018-19 Carole Marchand Endowed Intern
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