June 10, June 17, June 24, 2017. 12:00pm - 8:00pm.
border Trolley Tours
Border Trolley Tours Between the Plaza de Panama and The Front in San Ysidro
Despite the fact that the San Diego/Tijuana border is the most transited in the world, only 1 in 4 San Diegans take the drive south to cross.
Despite the fact that the San Diego/Tijuana border is the most transited in the world, only 1 in 4 San Diegans take the drive south to cross. 100 years ago, during the Panama-California Exposition, locals and tourists visiting the Spanish dancers, gem exhibitions, and Native American reenactment villages of Balboa Park often hopped on a trolley and for an “enjoyable 20-mile ride” to “Tia Juana.” Many of the popular restaurants, casinos, and racetracks in Tijuana were funded by the same American dollars that built Balboa Park. Yet in less than a century, the public imagination of fluidity between San Diego to Tijuana has hardened in sync with the concrete border wall itself.
In collaboration with Cog•nate Collective and in partnership with members of Kumeyaay Community College and the teen docent program of Casa Familiar, Parkeology provided a free public tour between Balboa Park and border territories of San Ysidro. Live storytelling and audio recordings traced the humans, animals, and materials that have migrated through the region. Trolley services also provided free round trip visits to Balboa Park for San Ysidro locals.
During tour hours, the Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park was transformed into the Border Trolley Tours interpretive center for tour participants and passerbys. Cog•nate Collective’s Mobile Institute for Citizenship and Art (MICA) trailer served as the ticket booth and information center. In collaboration with the Velaslavasay Panorama, four mobile peepshow boxes (include link) were displayed in the plaza, providing views of the Tijuana/San Diego border as it has evolved in the past 100 years.
Border Trolley Tours project is in direct support from the Balboa Park Conservancy, The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, The Project for Public Spaces, Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Grant & The San Diego Foundation
A Border peepshow
INTERACTIVE SCULPTURE 2017 SAN DIEGO + LOS ANGELES CA + BERLIN, GERMANY
As we move through our cities and towns we often read our world as a fixed moment of time.
It is difficult to remember that we are caught in a present began some time ago. Yet, take for example the 8 kilometers of land between San Diego and Tijuana, known today as an international border. Over the past 150 years, its ranches and rivers have been divided and replaced by 3 walls of steel and concrete.
A Border Peepshow provides four views of the political separation of a culturally and ecologically connected terrain. Drawing on historic and contemporary photographs of the region, each box depicts scenes of San Diego/Tijuana from 1887, 1927, 1967, and 2017.
Design of the Border Peepshows references 18th-century parlour toys and the 19th century cameras that first photographed the SD/TJ border. First shown in San Diego and Los Angeles, the Peepshows now travel to other parts of the world to mark borders of the past and present, including the former East/West Berlin Wall.
“A Border Peepshow” is a collaborative project between Parkeology and The Velaslavasay Panorama. Velaslavasay Panorama is an exhibition hall, theatre and garden dedicated to the production and illumination of unusual visual experiences, including the 360-degree painted panorama.