Publications & Multiples

Border Bookmobile Badges: participation badges given to visitors who contributed stories to the video and written archives.

Bridge Talk (A Radio Play): The Windsor-Detroit border has been in the news a lot in the last decade.  The Ambassador Bridge imbroglio has taken up so much ink that it needed its own volume (see also Tour of Lost and Forgotten Suburbs). Bridge Talk is an archive of online comments that express a variety of opinions on the precarious state of the Ambassador Bridge project and the competing government-sponsored DRIC project, an epic drama that has been unfolding locally through the media since 2007.  Like much of the anonymous drivel that follows online news stories, this archive reads like a late-night radio play, a dialogue between characters with names like, Dominion Lad, Joe Blog and rhum bunny. Stay tuned.

Headlines: For the 2011 Visual Fringe, Mike Marcon and I pulled together thousands of border related headlines from the last decade sourced from the Detroit Free Press, the Windsor Star and other Canadian papers. We installed a small portion of these headlines as a window display in Artcite’s front window from July 22-29. Divorced from their original media context, the headlines create an absurd summary of the commentary and events at the Windsor-Detroit border over the last decade, including a tragic jet-ski smuggling attempt. Our favorite headline, “Tiny but nasty beetle gets stopped at border” most likely refers to the Emerald Ash Borer (which is transported in firewood) but the headline conjures up more fanciful scenarios.

about Frontier Files

The Frontier Files is an online archive of visual and material culture relating to geographic borders in North America and elsewhere. This site documents the Border Bookmobile Project (2010-2013) which served as the beginning of ongoing research into the relationship between contemporary borders and the western, historical concept of the frontier. Images and documents chart the shifting aesthetics and politics of borders over the last century. This archive is organized by Lee Rodney, Associate Professor of Media Art Histories and Visual Culture at the University of Windsor, Canada.

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