Wednesday, March 21, 2007


organized by In the Field

Opening Reception:
Tuesday March 27, 6-8pm

Lecture by Brett Bloom and Ava Bromberg of In the Field:

Thursday March 29, 7pm

common room 2
465 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002

Global housing crises are not abstract. They are visible and viscerally experienced on the ground where people sleep, gather, eat and raise their families. While conditions in distinct and distant cultures may differ, they are increasingly interrelated; so are the processes that generate these conditions. People are actively (and passively) unhoused by markets, governments, wars, ethnic violence, gentrification, natural and manmade disasters, and other factors. Where markets and governments fail to provide housing, people are left to provide housing for themselves. The creative efforts of individuals, groups, and others invested in improving the condition of daily life and shelter at the margins of affordability are the subject of this exhibition. The material presented here is drawn from research on creative responses to global housing crises we are doing in preparation for a book called UNHOUSED.

We are putting multiple forms of housing crises in relation to one another in a way they never are. We are exploring the relationships between diverse phenomena: gentrification in wealthy Western cities, the slum clearance that accompanies the Olympic Games nearly wherever it goes, the occupation of large tracts of land in rural Brazil by thousands of “landless” people and more. The purpose of this project is not to glorify or fetishize life under difficult conditions. Rather, our intention is to give visibility to the magnitude and complexity of housing crises and to stimulate thoughtful action, facilitate potential collaborations amongst innovators on the ground, and – we hope – inspire meaningful policies that can better house people at all levels of society.

Over the next 5 years, we will travel to dozens of cities to conduct research. We will seek out highly localized forms of creative engagement with housing problems all over the world – from direct actions to house people to innovative changes in public policy. Our efforts will combine the work of artists, urban planners, activists, architects, and UNHOUSED populations themselves. We will seek out people who have already conducted in depth investigations of UNHOUSING, like some of the material presented in this exhibition.


See also: squattercity and spacing wire

Monday, March 19, 2007

Rozalinda Borcila

Geography Lessons / Video Set #1 / Video Set #2

An on-going archive of videos and still images generated from trespasses in airport security zones.

Increasingly, the spaces we navigate are policed through technologies of visualization and information management. The X-Ray machine, racial profiling practices, surveillance devices, scrutiny of documents, fingerprinting etc are meant to make everything, visible or invisible, available for inspection. Justified through the imperative of security, vast databases track our movements, health records, purchases, reading habits, web navigation and so on.

And much is at stake in representation.

This series of small interventions in highly controlled spaces began shortly after September 11th 2001. Using a video camera as a way of looking back, I shoot images in airport security zones: inside X-Ray machines, at passport check points, immigration control, baggage claim. Geography Lessons (... cont.) is an on-going archive of these video images, a structured and somewhat absurd system of unauthorized counter surveillance, a meditation on the nature and implications of representation. This website contains a small portion of the archive: excerpts of a few videos taken around, and inside of, airport X-Ray machines.

The Naturalization Project

National parks, immigration law, Olympic television, travel guides, night vision, wedding rituals, border crossings.... A collusion of multiple articulations of the national and the natural....

This long-term project explores the problematics of naturalization by considering multiple sites in which this construct is articulated. In each site, the citizen/foreigner dynamic is produced through a series of tropes. The focus is primarily on the production of the Eastern European other via tropes of gymnastics, poverty, nationalism, violence and orphans – as well as the production of the Western citizen subject as a type of viewer (a way of watching). This project consists of a series of multi-channel video installation, 5 short videos, a series of border trespass interventions, interventions within immigration proceedings and wedding rituals.

Composition in Black and White (Danube Bridge, 042099)

Photos shot off the targeting screen of US bomber aircraft during operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia. The images are taken a few frames after the moment of explosion, when heat patterns translate on the screen into compositions in black and white. The photos are taken without authorization.

911+1: The Perplexities of Security / Rozalinda Borcila / The Information Technology, War and Peace Project / Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

Sunday, March 04, 2007

A Different Kind of Border

Craig Robinson for The New York Times / September 17, 2006
Manuel Heart, center, chairman of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, at a recent memorial march near Farmington, N.M., for victims of racial violence.

Indian Blood / Susy Buchanan / Southern Poverty Law Center

Native Americans have been brutalized from the beginning. And the hate goes on. Violence against American Indians, much of it motivated by racial hatred, is a pervasive yet obscure problem that is especially prevalent in so-called "border towns" - majority-white cities abutting reservations - where cultures clash against the historical backdrop of institutionalized racism, cultural subjugation, and genocide.

Malign Neglect / Susy Buchanan / Southern Poverty Law Center

Racial violence against Native Americans has drawn attention from the federal government twice in recent years, but many hate crimes still seem to get a pass.

Edge of the Rez Revisited / A KNAU Special Series

Ten years ago, KNAU explored racism in reservation border towns with the award-winning documentary Edge of the Rez. KNAU is now presenting an updated version. Edge of the Rez Revisited profiles the people who inhabit the disparate worlds on and off the reservation.

Day 1 / Racism in Border Towns >> For the first installment of KNAU's Edge of the Rez Revisited series, we'll learn what the Navajo Nation is doing to combat racism in reservation border towns....

AP Photo/Donovan Quintero
Army veteran George Wells Jr., held an eagle staff while a fellow veteran adjusted the handle before a memorial walk Sept. 2 near Farmington, N.M. American Indians walked that day down a 1-1/2 mile stretch of U.S. 64, the main highway into the city, to honor those who have been victims of violence and discrimination in towns that border the Navajo Nation. Navajo leaders planned the event after a summer in which 21-year-old Clint John of Kirtland was shot to death by a Farmington police officer and another Navajo man allegedly was beaten by three young Anglo men.


In Shadow of 70’s Racism, Recent Violence Stirs Rage / New York Times

In Navajo country, racism rides again /

Report looks at discrimination in Navajo border towns / Indian Country Today

Navajos march against discrimination, violence / Indian Country Today

Racism a possible issue in reservation bordertown murders / Indian Country Today

Tensions run high along the border / Missoulian

Conference explores racism in cities near reservations / Missoulian


Navajos Protest Violence Against Tribe / NPR Morning Edition

Violent Crime and Native Americans / Democracy Now


The Farmington Report: Civil Rights for Native Americans 30 Years Later / New Mexico Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

American Indians and Crime: A BJS Statistical Profile, 1992-2002 / U.S. Department of Justice / Bureau of Justice Statistics

American Indians and Crime / U.S. Department of Justice / Bureau of Justice Statistics

Policing on American Indian Reservations / A Report to the National Institute of Justice


Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide / Andrea Smith / Lecture in Grand Rapids, Michigan (February 7, 2006)

Not an Indian Tradition: The Sexual Colonization of Native Peoples / Andrea Smith

The Prison Industrial Complex in Indigenous California / Stormy Ogden