PROGRAM FOURTEEN: CHECK POINTS (A SUITE OF WORKS ONLY
Fall, 2002, a moment of intensified check points along ethnic, travel, and digital divides. The points of contact both reveal and celebrate cultural and ethnic difference while heightening their threats, tensions, and potential violence. From Hebron to Alexanderplatz (and most recently from Manhattan to Kabul), the point of contact is one of cultural check, civil defense, and digital surveillance. Lest we too quickly engage in acts of cultural negation and transference, home is also often the site of the most baffling and charged check point where the crosslink between public and private, self and other, is remapped along the domestic route of the familiar and the historical trail of the family and national drama. The threat here is to linger too long in the interface of the check point where the certainty of technology gives way to the vicissitudes of cultures and their crossed identities.
Annette BARBIER/Drew BROWNING, Home, 2001 (USA)
Horit HERMAN-PELED, Interventions--Hebron 1998 (Israel)
Aarre KÄRKKÄINEN/Hilkka OKKENEN, Check Point: Espoo-Alexanderplatz, 1999 (Finland)
Dennis SUMMERS, Crosslinked Genome or Data Fugue (USA)
Nicholas WATTON & Simon BYFORD, Anibition / Darkmoor (England)