Touching From A Distance

Two-Channel Video
6:08 minutes

With the participation of Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara
(interpreting Joy Division's 1979 song 'Transmission')

February 01, 2008, Plaza de la Liberación, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

Touching From A Distance focuses on the fragmentation of public space and the varying uninhibited actors simultaneously occupying the space of Plaza de la Liberación in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico at a particular moment; yet, all the while, touching from a distance in their constituent interests and concerns. As a Mariachi band* dressed in traditional attire interprets and performs Joy Division's song, Transmission, a protest against the inefficient use of regional public funds transpires. The work vacillates between the spatial simultaneity of performance, protest, and public use, and looks to Plaza del la Liberación as a stage and locale for enunciative acts and musical contravention.

*Mariachi bands are traditional Mexican bands with their origins coming from the state of Jalisco, México.

Related Info:
Milenio, 2008
La Jornada Jalisco, 2008