re:reading borders

by Sofia Balters (MArch ’17)

Void of natural geographic divisions, how does a border communicate difference?  State-controlled edges are active divisions of land. They are projections of past political thoughts that may or may not be relevant to the earth they divide. These edges are marked virtually through mapping, and physically through isolated signposts, walls, and infrastructure. When infrastructure marks a boundary, it indicates an active and nite edge of separation, a political effort to protect each side of the line as independent.  Border infrastructure must convince a transition, a re-read of space with restricted burden on the context.  I seek to produce an edge through experience.