PRIVACY

What if the station that I am tuning is boring or is offensive?


Change the station! Simply use the dial to move your searchlights away and point them to a different station to find content that you prefer.




Will my voice be recorded?


Yes, this project is a public platform for participation where your live voice is amplified to an urban scale, streamed and archived. Your participation will also be filmed, but you can ask the docent to turn the camera off. Lozano-Hemmer believes that for remote projects anonymity means people are not accountable, but in Border Tuner your live presence leaves a trace that will be added to the memory of the project.




What if I am shy or afraid, is there a way to be anonymous?


You don’t have to speak live to be a part of the project, you can just listen. Or if you want to say something and do not want to or can’t visit the project physically you can record a voice message using the web interface.




If I send my voice by whatsapp or email, when will it playback?


Recorded messages sent by whatsapp or email will be reviewed by docents and played back from time to time whenever there is not much live activity. Priority will always be given to people who are present on site.




Will there be censorship?


Live participation will not be censored. Abusive content should not be widespread since the participant is present on site and surrounded by other people; in addition, rude or abusive participants will be “tuned out” by others naturally, so they will have no one to listen to them. For the messages sent remotely by whatsapp or email the docents will only choose content that is inspiring, interesting, poetic, critical, touching, funny or informative.




Will a conversation between two stations be private?


No, all conversations are meant to be public. Your conversation will be heard in the vicinity of your station, will be streamed live to the project website and will be archived for future use, for example excerpts in documentary videos or publications.





PRACTICAL

How can I participate?


You can visit any of the six interactive stations of the project outside Bowie High School in El Paso or in Chamizal Park in Ciudad Juárez. Once you are at a station you can use the dial to tune any of the other five stations and speak to the people on the other side.




What happens when a bridge of light joins two stations?


Automatically the computer opens a live voice channel between the stations, so you can hear them and they can hear you. The powerful lights that make up the bridge create a modulating intensity in the sky that responds to your voice.




What should I say?


Anything you want: you can start a dialog, introduce yourself to others, ask them questions, or just offer dedications, shout-outs, poems or break into song. This project is meant to be an open public space for people in the region to express themselves and listen to others. Your voice will be heard live by people in the station that you have tuned, as well as by visitors to the project website’s streaming interface.




How will you deal with bilingual interaction?


Each station has bilingual docents who can help translate your message if necessary.




Is it free to participate?


Yes, everyone is welcome to speak and listen.




How do I follow the project online?


Visit the streaming page during hours of operation and you can choose to listen to any of the conversations.





ENVIRONMENTAL

How visible will the piece be? Will the rain stop the show?


The visibility depends on the weather, on a clear night the piece will be seen from a 10-mile radius. On an overcast, rainy night the lights will look particularly bright but they won’t be seen from very far. Unless is a downpour, the project will remain open.




What is the energy consumption?


The project uses 126kW of power. For comparison, the entire 11 night duration of the project can be powered by the electricity used in a single football game.




Does this project generate light pollution? Will it disturb the neighbours or wildlife?


Please read the environment section of this website.




Is there sound pollution?


The project is quiet compared to any concert or public festivities. During the programmed content, that starts the project at 6:30PM every night, the sound volume will be higher than once the microphones are open to the general public and only small speakers are used, audible only close to the microphones.





LOGISTICS

Will traffic be affected?


The design specification calls for the least amount of physical presence possible, using small scaffolds that do not obstruct normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic. During hours of operation some limited road closures in front of the site will provide a safe area for the public to gather.




How is this “art” funded?


The project is funded by private and public foundations that believe that art can bring people closer together, particularly in open public settings. Please visit the Credits page for a full listing.




Will there be big crowds to see the piece?


This is unlikely because the piece is not a show like a fireworks display which requires people to congregate at a certain time, it is just an ongoing display of light designs; also, there is a very large area to experience the piece in both countries.




Where can I park?


In El Paso side you can park on the parking at South San Marcial Street, between Bowie High School and Chamizal National Memorial Park. In Ciudad Juárez side you can park on the Chamizal parking lots.




Will there be food, washrooms, security?


Yes there will be some food stands or food trucks. Yes there will be washrooms on both sides. Yes, there will be 24/7 security on site and each interactive station will have two docents to guide and help you.





CONTENT

Who can speak?


Everyone can! To speak live you need to visit the project between Nov 13-24 from 6:30 pm to 11:00pm. To send a recorded message, which may playback subject to moderation, you can send here.




Who chose the daily curated program?


The program is being curated and organized by Kerry Doyle, León de la Rosa and Edgar Picazo, three highly respected curators and organizers from the region.




How will this project help the local community?


The team is aware of the complex and difficult conditions in the region. This project does not pretend to have solutions for these problems but it does hope to become a platform for participants to express themselves openly and for that to be amplified. The content for this project will emerge from people in the region and not from abroad. People's voices will gain visibility and will be archived and be reported on by the media and visitors who will come to the region. A team of local curators, organizers, photographers, technical directors, docents and other professionals have been ensuring that the project is accessible for the most diverse communities in the region, including underrepresented ones. The project will have a legacy through educational programs, publications, an online archive and a documentary. In addition, a fund has been created to help local artists make future binational works.





PRIVACY

What if the station that I am tuning is boring or is offensive?


Change the station! Simply use the dial to move your searchlights away and point them to a different station to find content that you prefer.




Will my voice be recorded?


Yes, this project is a public platform for participation where your live voice is amplified to an urban scale, streamed and archived. Your participation will also be filmed, but you can ask the docent to turn the camera off. Lozano-Hemmer believes that for remote projects anonymity means people are not accountable, but in Border Tuner your live presence leaves a trace that will be added to the memory of the project.




What if I am shy or afraid, is there a way to be anonymous?


You don’t have to speak live to be a part of the project, you can just listen. Or if you want to say something and do not want to or can’t visit the project physically you can record a voice message using the web interface.




If I send my voice by whatsapp or email, when will it playback?


Recorded messages sent by whatsapp or email will be reviewed by docents and played back from time to time whenever there is not much live activity. Priority will always be given to people who are present on site.




Will there be censorship?


Live participation will not be censored. Abusive content should not be widespread since the participant is present on site and surrounded by other people; in addition, rude or abusive participants will be “tuned out” by others naturally, so they will have no one to listen to them. For the messages sent remotely by whatsapp or email the docents will only choose content that is inspiring, interesting, poetic, critical, touching, funny or informative.




Will a conversation between two stations be private?


No, all conversations are meant to be public. Your conversation will be heard in the vicinity of your station, will be streamed live to the project website and will be archived for future use, for example excerpts in documentary videos or publications.





PRACTICAL

How can I participate?


You can visit any of the six interactive stations of the project outside Bowie High School in El Paso or in Chamizal Park in Ciudad Juárez. Once you are at a station you can use the dial to tune any of the other five stations and speak to the people on the other side.




What happens when a bridge of light joins two stations?


Automatically the computer opens a live voice channel between the stations, so you can hear them and they can hear you. The powerful lights that make up the bridge create a modulating intensity in the sky that responds to your voice.




What should I say?


Anything you want: you can start a dialog, introduce yourself to others, ask them questions, or just offer dedications, shout-outs, poems or break into song. This project is meant to be an open public space for people in the region to express themselves and listen to others. Your voice will be heard live by people in the station that you have tuned, as well as by visitors to the project website’s streaming interface.




How will you deal with bilingual interaction?


Each station has bilingual docents who can help translate your message if necessary.




Is it free to participate?


Yes, everyone is welcome to speak and listen.




How do I follow the project online?


Visit the streaming page during hours of operation and you can choose to listen to any of the conversations.





ENVIRONMENTAL

How visible will the piece be? Will the rain stop the show?


The visibility depends on the weather, on a clear night the piece will be seen from a 10-mile radius. On an overcast, rainy night the lights will look particularly bright but they won’t be seen from very far. Unless is a downpour, the project will remain open.




What is the energy consumption?


The project uses 126kW of power. For comparison, the entire 11 night duration of the project can be powered by the electricity used in a single football game.




Does this project generate light pollution? Will it disturb the neighbours or wildlife?


Please read the environment section of this website.




Is there sound pollution?


The project is quiet compared to any concert or public festivities. During the programmed content, that starts the project at 6:30PM every night, the sound volume will be higher than once the microphones are open to the general public and only small speakers are used, audible only close to the microphones.





LOGISTICS

Will traffic be affected?


The design specification calls for the least amount of physical presence possible, using small scaffolds that do not obstruct normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic. During hours of operation some limited road closures in front of the site will provide a safe area for the public to gather.




How is this “art” funded?


The project is funded by private and public foundations that believe that art can bring people closer together, particularly in open public settings. Please visit the Credits page for a full listing.




Will there be big crowds to see the piece?


This is unlikely because the piece is not a show like a fireworks display which requires people to congregate at a certain time, it is just an ongoing display of light designs; also, there is a very large area to experience the piece in both countries.




Where can I park?


In El Paso side you can park on the parking at South San Marcial Street, between Bowie High School and Chamizal National Memorial Park. In Ciudad Juárez side you can park on the Chamizal parking lots.




Will there be food, washrooms, security?


Yes there will be some food stands or food trucks. Yes there will be washrooms on both sides. Yes, there will be 24/7 security on site and each interactive station will have two docents to guide and help you.





CONTENT

Who can speak?


Everyone can! To speak live you need to visit the project between Nov 13-24 from 6:30 pm to 11:00pm. To send a recorded message, which may playback subject to moderation, you can send here.




Who chose the daily curated program?


The program is being curated and organized by Kerry Doyle, León de la Rosa and Edgar Picazo, three highly respected curators and organizers from the region.




How will this project help the local community?


The team is aware of the complex and difficult conditions in the region. This project does not pretend to have solutions for these problems but it does hope to become a platform for participants to express themselves openly and for that to be amplified. The content for this project will emerge from people in the region and not from abroad. People's voices will gain visibility and will be archived and be reported on by the media and visitors who will come to the region. A team of local curators, organizers, photographers, technical directors, docents and other professionals have been ensuring that the project is accessible for the most diverse communities in the region, including underrepresented ones. The project will have a legacy through educational programs, publications, an online archive and a documentary. In addition, a fund has been created to help local artists make future binational works.





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