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Work, Musings, Writings and Projects from FLEFF's Checkpoints Lab 2011

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 11:41PM   |  1 comment

For the first week we introduced the students to ideas of borders and checkpoints within and beyond their normal definitions. The following are the texts and projects we discussed.

Texts

Christiane Paul, Digital Art (Thames & Hudson, 2003), 204–211, "Tactical media, activism and hacktivism".

Critical Art Ensemble, The Electronic Disturbance (Autonomedia, 1994), 10–33, "Nomadic Power and Cultural Resistance", http://www.critical-art.net/books/ted/.

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Alex Dunbar, "FOLLOW THE GPS, ÉSE: The Transborder Immigrant Tool Helps Mexicans Cross Over Safely”, 2009, (accessed January 23, 2011).

Robbin Murphy, "Artists and Legal Ambiguity on the Internet", (accessed January 23, 2011).

Projects

Heath Bunting and Rachel Baker, BorderXing Guide (2002–2003).

Ricardo Dominguez and Brett Stalbaum, Transborder Immigrant Tool (ongoing).

Videos



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Since the moment we were born our lives have been defined by borders. When my parents signed the birth certificate, I was placed within the borders of my family. When I did something wrong, my parents would often say I went beyond or pushed my boundaries. I am stuck within the borders of the United States unless I get permission from the government to leave. Gender is a border; sex is a border; education is a border; I think you get the point! The internet has become a space where borders don't exist. I can say what I want, post to whatever blog, or visit a website without having to cross any borders. I can visit a website thats rooted in Japan, talk to relatives in California, etc. Space and borders are not defined within the World Wide Web, which I guess is a test of our society's nature.



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