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A transnational, interactive installation by Zulma Aguiar

Through February 2, 2007

Artist Talk: Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 6:30PM

Recreating the experience of crossing the U.S. – Mexico border is by its very nature controversial and new media artist Zulma Aguiar plunges waist deep into the fray with her interactive video installation Turnstyle.

As any tourist, day laborer, businessman, or immigrant (legal and illegal) will attest, these border crossings divide North from South. Turnstyle cleverly delivers the style of each side through the persona of its border agents who are portrayed by the Mexican American artist herself. According to Aguiar, “One is María and the other is Maria. The Mexican guard’s name has an accent over the “i.” When I play the American border agent, I am portraying my American self. When I play the Mexican one, I am steeped in my Mexican identity. The same white-gloved hand waves people through and keeps them from entering.”

Turnstyle represents the reality of border crossing as a transnational experience, where both sides are patrolled by Mexicans or their descendants. exploding popular myths about any simple white/brown dichotomy. In an urban landscape unfamiliar with border life, Aguiar reconstructs an emblematic turnstile through which visitors pass back and forth, under the encouragement or harsh scrutiny of the border agents.

Zulma Aguiar is a new media artist from Calexico, California. She is a Masters in Fine Arts candidate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she collaborated with Aeronautical Engineer Rafael Antonio Irizarry and time-based media artist Jonathan Lee Marcus to create an interactive installation based on her U.S. – Mexico border experience.

MediaNoche is a project of PRDream and is located in Spanish Harlem, just blocks away from Museum Mile. By subway, take the IRT#6 train to 103rd Street and walk north along Lexington Avenue to 106th Street. Turn right on 106th Street. MediaNoche is on the north side of the street, in the middle of the block. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 3PM – 7PM.

MediaNoche presents WEBSITE IMPERSONATIONS by Ursula Endlicher


MediaNoche, the unique new media gallery in Spanish Harlem presents:

New media artist Ursula Endlicher performing her “Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited”
Ursula will take directives from the”html-movement-library,” drawing on the movements and gestures uploaded by the public. These will determine the flow of her “Website Impersonations” in real time as she performs in MediaNoche. The same choreographic instructions will be projected on the he handball court wall of the local playground (White Park), across the street from the gallery. Visitors to the exhibition and passers-by are invited to join in.

Saturday, May 12 at 8PM
At MediaNoche
161 East 106th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues
and White Park (handball court) across the street

We hope you will attend. MediaNoche is Uptown’s first new media gallery where the digital arts and community converge. We offer exhibition space and residencies for artists working in new media. Only blocks from Museum Mile, MediaNoche is easily reached by the IRT #6 train to East 103rd Street, or by the bus routes along Third and Lexington Avenues.

FREE and open to the public!
For more information:
Judith Escalona, Director of MediaNoche
212.646.228.7950 or 212.828.0401 .