Monday, July 18, 2011

Interactive Art Project Lets Users Investigate Anonymous Border Deaths

The Bay Citizen (San Francisco) - Border crossing deaths are both commonly known and little understood—which is why San Francisco-based political artist Ian Alan Paul launched “Border Haunt", an interactive, digital art piece today at noon.

When it comes to undocumented immigrant deaths at the U.S./Mexico border, there’s no shortage of grim data available. One report, released in 2009 by the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties and Mexico's National Commission on Human Rights, calls the issue a “humanitarian crisis” and claims that the U.S.’s draconian border patrol measures have led to more than 5,000 deaths in the past 20 years.

Another, interactive map -- this one compiled by a group called Humane Borders, Inc. – logs each body recovered in Arizona between 1999 and 2009 as a red dot on the state’s topography. It’s a staggering image: a blood-tinted melee of overlapping pockmarks.  Read more.

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