This Sunday, November 24, 2019, will be your last chance to check out Border Tuner – The public artwork display that features searchlights between El Paso and Cd. Juárez.

The searchlights that have lit up the night sky over El Paso and Cd. Juárez over the last couple of weeks is part of a large scale public artwork, Border Tuner. Border Tuner was conceived by internationally renowned visual artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. The acclaimed artist is known for creating interactive installations that bring together architecture and performance art to public spaces around the world.

The interactive art installation, which is free and open to the public at Bowie High School in El Paso and at Parque Chamizal in Cd. Juárez will be coming to a close on Sunday, November 24, 2019.

Border Tuner consists of powerful searchlights, three located in El Paso and three others in Juárez with a 10-mile radius canopy of lights. Each searchlight is equipped with a mic, speaker and dial and when manually manipulated and the beams intersect in the sky, they open a communication channel between El Paso and Juárez.

The interactive art installation will continue to light up the night skies over El Paso and Ciudad Juárez beginning at 6 p.m. with performances by poets, musicians, historians, and even indigenous communities before handing over the searchlights for public participation.

Border Tuner Schedule of Events:

Friday, November 22, 2019

  • 6:30 p.m. - Batallones Femeninos with Adelitas Fronterizas
  • 8:30 p.m. - Monologues organized by Wise Latina International, Ya Basta Teatro with Instituto Municipal de la Mujer.


  • 7:30 p.m. - Grupo Nepantleras ( Asamblea Feminista Literaria y Artística) in Cd. Juárez

Community Tent

  • “Cartografía textil del feminicidio” in Cd. Juárez by Jane Terrazas

Saturday, November 23, 2019

  • 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Organized by Puro Borde with participation from a wide range of urban artists and speakers from both cities.


  • 7:30 p.m. - "Strident Public Art" a talk by art historian Tatiana Flores, Rutgers University. En Español.

Community Tent

  • Urban art by Puro Borde and guests.

Collateral Activities

  • Lowriders on both sides of the border.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

  • 6:30 p.m. - "Las Platicadoras", activist and academic collective that works with migrants and refugees in conversation.
  • 8:30 p.m. - Provocation Closure, with Andrea Blancas Beltrán and León De la Rosa Carrillo, followed by Omar Limas and Andrea Shaheen Espinosa of Middle-Eastern musical ensemble Layali Al-Sham.


  • 7:30 p.m. - Presentation of the legacy of Border Tuner, including the fund to support artists in the region with Kerry Doyle, Rafael, Jane Terrazas, Oscar Nodal, Edgar Picazo, and León de la Rosa

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