Border Rub

Performance, video, rubbing // Sept. 20th, 2013. 11:30-12:30 PM // United States Port of Entry, San Diego, CA

On September 20th, 2013 from 11:30-12:30 pm, I took litho crayon rubbings of the bronze Seals of the Great United States of America at the San Ysidro/Tijuana Border. Dressed as a forensic scientist or anthropologist, the goal was to create an effect where the scene of the Great Seals of the United States installed in the world's largest border entrance was momentarily transformed into an archaeological dig.

This hour long performance was designed for the people waiting in the border line to consider the warlike, omnipresent imagery of the United States as artifacts or hieroglyphs of the past.

A series of exchanges between Customs and Border protection staff was required to receive clearance to loiter and to use documentation within the San Ysidro Port of Entry, which is normally illegal. This gesture allowed documentation of the Port of Entry from a human scale, a site that to my knowledge has only been recorded by national security and cell phones.

Litho crayon on cotton. 4'4"x4'4"

Litho crayon on cotton. 4'4"x4'4"


Concept/Performance: Kate Clark

Video: Ren Ebel, Angelica Decima

Customs and Border Protection Liason: Aneglica Decima