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Among the geothermal plants and the border patrol stations in Imperial County California, along the Salton Sea and further south towards the border near Calexico. I started putting together inventory-like images composed of montages of the strange energy plants with the natural fens, the sea, and the surveillance areas of the patrols.These in long filmstrip like sequences or like film stills in long chains, clear but static. At first I thought the work was querying a space between technological proliferation, the natural reserves of swamp and field, and intrusion of border patrols. Then I thought, imagine in a sci-fi kind of way how, if the positive energy of culture has gone underground, along with the many lost ones who try the border crossing, it might in future return via the strange live buzz of the geothermal apparatus, which actually create huge wealths of steam from the underground volcanic heat rising from the San Andreas Fault. Instead of the heroic dead, from the themal plants arrive the slightly nerdy, awkward, vulnerable performance spirits. Probably by accident, they're resurrecting dead contact zones, are busy scamming on the techonological scheme, pretending to be casual. Like circus performers their perfection becomes visible in lapses. The lyrical image is often disdained in conceptual practice. How to imagine the border country, techno-control-purgatory, without a poetics that flows from the repressed imaginary?

Shot at Salton Sea fall and winter 2007, with additional video stills from performances which occurred in celebration of the Green Wedding 1 by Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens, Shakespeare Grove, Santa Cruz, California, May 2008.


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