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Ryan Gann

Architect-in-training and design advocate, Ross Barney Architects in Chicago

Crossing Boundaries

PRESENTED ON SEP 06, 2016
IN CHICAGO @ VOL 39

Ryan Gann with some observations on the US/Mexico border and suggests approaches to border civility.

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Drawing Lines in the Ocean

BY ROBERT SMITH
@ VOL 4 ON AUG 27, 2015

Former US Department of State Geographer disccuses his work with international law and boundaries negotiations. Listen to this interesting presentations on off shore maritime boundaries and US water relations. 

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Boundaries as Form

BY LIAM DUNAWAY
@ VOL 4 ON DEC 12, 2015

Every boundary forms a political position and depending on this posture, a boundary can transform the world or it can preserve the status quo. This is why the most important question for me as an artist is what position do I express through my work?

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Boundaries are meant to be broken

BY BRYANT CHASE
@ VOL 4 ON DEC 12, 2015

The status quo is an unacceptable standard when it comes to creation in both the artistic and biological form. There is always something greater out there – your job is to prove that.
Whether it is a void or an abundance of boundaries, there is always an opportunity to utilize your surroundings to achieve something special. Bryant Chase is a media creator/producer with a background in clinical psychological research, and a passion for learning.

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Border Contraband: A History in Six Minutes

BY GEORGE DÍAZ
@ VOL 6 ON MAR 01, 2016

Far from Washington, DC, and Mexico City, border people smuggled licit and illicit products. While bureaucrats attempted to control the smugglers, they were celebrated in popular culture, and some rose to be pillars of their communities. This talk by speaker George Díaz outlines the ebb and flow of an array of commodities and the lives of those who subverted federal laws, whether for profit or survival, on both sides of the border.​

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Building Bridges, Not Walls at the US - Mexico Border

BY WILLIAM HELM
@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

"We hope whoever becomes president builds more bridges instead of walls [because] we are sister cities, divided only by the river."

In Building Bridges, Not Walls at the US - Mexico Border from PKN Tokyo Vol 134, PechaKucha Night El Paso City Organizers (and acclaimed architects) William Helm and Edgar Lopez describe the symbiotic relationship of the sister cities of El Paso and Juarez. The residents of the two cities activate a third space of the US/Mexico border, called "Pass of the North"  which produces a rich milieu of creativity, art and culture. In this place which was historically known as "Paso del Norte" along the Spanish road from Mexico City to Santa Fe, the two cities have come together to use the PechaKucha conversation to bridge across the border. 20 x 20 x 2 cities = building bridges not walls.

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The Spirit of the Border seen through Collective Weddings

BY JOSE MIRALES REYES
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

Juarez based phtotographer Jose Mirales Reyes presents a touching photographic project in which he aims to capture the spirit of the border through portraits of couples who get married in collective weddings.

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Life as we know it: a project of Vision del Norte

BY REBECCA WILSON
IN EL PASO

Vision del Norte is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to make photography accessible to under-resourced communities along the border region in Mexico. In June, they partnered with Hoger de Niños Emmanuel, a children’s home in Juarez, putting on a workshop for some of the kids there. The presentation is about this project, including some images that the children captured. Rebecca Wilson shares.

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Violence, Gender and Identity

BY ALEJANDRA ARAGON
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

Visual artist, filmmaker and photographer Alejandra Aragon explores the relationship between violence, gender and identity through her work.  Based in Juarez, Mexico, Alejandra's exploration of gender through her photography begins with a series of autobiographic work before revealing the exploitation of women and victims of femicide in the border region.

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Urban Interventions on the Border

BY ANS BORDER GALLERY
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

Evelyn Oz presents the work of ANS Border Gallery, a group of urban artists from Ciudad Juarez making artistic interventions in the fabric of their border city.