NOW & ALWAYS SANTA ANA
NASA was a series of hyper-local radio transmissions broadcast originally in the summer of 2017 in Santa Ana, CA. Taking "Outer Space” as a framework, each broadcast considers processes of displacement that have shaped the city, and how residents have responded to these through collective (re)purposing of space and culture.
Transmission + Recording + Listening sessions were held in and around Downtown Santa Ana as part of the project and the series concluded with mobile broadcast featuring Chulita Vinyl Club Santa Ana, which was recorded and transmitted live from inside the Cog•nate Cruiser as we made our way through local neighborhoods, sharing memories + spinning records.
The series was re-broadcast and made available as part of a listening-station installation in the exhibition "Regionalia" at Grand Central Art Center from March - June 2018.
You can listen to an abridged version of Transmission #2 below, which features a local resident narrating her experience of crossing border without documents to attend her brother's weeding in the 1980s, a young undocumented activist sharing his reflections on the toll of migration, and a fictional tale of space travel and communication across divides.
Transmission #1 – “Let’s Talk About Space” contemplates the space of the neighborhood as home, addressing downtown Santa Ana’s past, present and contested future.
Transmission #2 – “Across the Sea of Space” considers a form of space travel, migration, and the ways it has shaped the lives of individuals and communities in Santa Ana.
Transmission #3 – “Whose Space?” features Santanerxs responding to this question by declaring it their own -- staking their claim to city and neighborhood as a right to home, as a right to a space they have constructed through collective effort and sacrifice to become familiar, to offer shelter, and to provide opportunities for them to flourish as individuals, families and communities.
Transmission #4 – “Space Cruisin’” featured local DJ collective Chulita Vinyl Club Santa Ana riding with us aboard the “cog•nate cruiser”, sharing stories and spinning music as we broadcast our way through the city.
This project was completed as part our the Grand Central Art Center Artist-in-Residence Program, which receives support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.