Outpost on the Political Equator

The Political Equator I and II exhibition and event coordination and design for estudio Teddy Cruz with Jesus Limón-Gonzalez, Gregorio Ortiz-Muñoz, Rastko Tomasevic, and many more.

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The Political Equator I and II (Poster Design by Esther Mildenberger)

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The Political Equator, begun in 2006, was a four-part, biannual mobile-gathering of architects, artists, and theorists who shared an interest or work in contested border regions. Each occurrence drew together several hundred participants in explorations of the intellectual and physical geography of San Diego / Tijuana and beyond.

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Guided tours of impacted territories complemented panels and presentations given by field dignitaries at sites scattered around California’s international overlap zone. Extra-curricular contributions of DJ’s, performance artists, and taco aficionados flavored events with local character.

The Political Equator I

Casa Familiar: Teddy Cruz, Andrew Ross, Eyal Weizman, Steve Fagin (Moderator)
Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT): Sergio De La Torre, Vicky Funari, Roberto Tejada (Moderator)
Haudenschild Garage: Cao Fei, Hou Hanru, Pi Li, Norman Bryson (Moderator)

[Music by Monica Camacho // Tacos Varios de Victor]

The Political Equator II

Los Angeles Union Station / AMTRAK: Teddy Cruz
Haudenschild Garage: Ala Plástica, Caracas Think Tank, Ariana Hernandez (Moderator)
Casa Familiar: Tercerunquinto, Torolab, Jennifer Flores Sternad and Felipe Zuñiga (Moderators)
Tijuana Border Checkpoint: Teddy Cruz, Oscar Romo
Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT): Gilles Clément, Lesley Stern (Respondent) // John Palmesino, Lost Highway Expedition, Lieven de Cauter and Markus Miessen (Moderators)

[Music by DJ Fingerlust // Performance by The Boredom Patrol // Tacos Varios de Victor]

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A collective of institutions convened and sponsored the happenings.

The Political Equator I

California Western School of Law, San Diego
Casa Familiar
Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT)
Division of Arts and Humanities, UCSD
The Haudenschild Garage

The Political Equator II

Division of Arts and Humanities, UCSD
Lui Velazquez
The New School of Architecture
PARC Foundation
University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA)
Woodbury University, San Diego

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