Public Art Dialogue, Vol. 3, No. 1, 01 Mar 2013
Memorials 2 – The Culture of Remembrance
Border Memorial: Frontera de los Muertos
John Craig Freeman
The each of four photographs dispersed across this issue of PAD represent authentic locations where human remains were discovered. Scan the QR code with a late model iPhone, iPad or Android using any standard code reader. You will be prompted to download Junaio, an augmented reality browser, or if you already have Junaio installed, scan the QR code with that to open up the Border Memorial channel, and point the device at each of the images.
On Tuesday, January 16th, after three days of driving from New England, I arrived in Benson Arizona, which put me on the shore of the Border Memorial database. I spent the next two days driving throughout southern Arizona documenting as many of the individual data points as possible. The work was sobering and intense, but the projects performed perfectly.
There was a dusting of snow in the mountains the night before, but it is already 50 degrees. So the conditions can be pretty extreme, more on video.
The planned rout for documentation of the Border Memorial starts in Benson Arizona and ends in Yuma. With diversions to Nogales, Sasabe, and through Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument just north of the border from Sonoyta Mexico. With a total of 516 miles, the estimated driving time is 9 hours 39 minutes, not counting stops.
Salvador Olguin is a writer and researcher and the founder of Borderline Projects. He holds a MA in Humanities and Social Thought by New York University. He has studied representations of Death extensively, and has worked with Mexican cultural artifacts from the late nineteen and twentieth century. He was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Christina Marin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Performing Arts at Emerson College, where she taught courses in Applied Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed. Her primary research interests examine the intersection of theater as pedagogy and human rights education, as well as the use of Theatre of the Oppressed techniques as arts-based qualitative research methodologies.
With the help of my Graduate Assistant Jeff Soyk, we have been able to read the migrant deaths data in Google Maps and Google Earth.
We will not be making these maps public for obvious reasons, but this technical hurdle gets us one step closer to implementing the augmented reality phase of the project. Here is a short movie of the data in Google Earth.