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    BORDERLANDS: An Exploitation of the U.S. / Mexico Politcal Geography
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THE ESTRANGED:
The border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez lie next to one another like an estranged couple. Once a single thriving community and now severed by the U.S./Mexico political geography. The boundary between the two cities is not an abstract line on a map but rather the Rio Grande river. A wide meandering river that now flows through concrete channels built to put an end to the rivers natural habit of changing course and muddying the boundary. 

Since the outbreak of the Mexican Cartel war the border/river has been sealed - severing what used to be a strong and vibrant bi-national community. The violence has strangling an economy largely dependent on transborder foot traffic. The abandoned homes left behind by citizens fleeing to safety has become the breeding ground for the cartel’s colonization of the U.S. / Mexican borderland. As a result, the Rio Grande river runs dry due to a system of upstream levees holding line between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. 
 
THE MISSION:
The following actions seek to subvert and reconfigure the representational character of RIo Grande river as a structure of the border and uncover extraterritorial space that is unaffiliated with the geopolitics. This shall be a space of usership rather than ownership. An exploitation of the rules that divide.
TERRITORIAL OPERATIONS:
Currently the Rio Grande River represents a dividing line that cripples a region, community and its interdependent economies. 

1. IDENTIFY the regulated river system and the abandoned structures colonized by the cartel. 

2. EXPAND the border it into an extraterritorial space by subtracting the levees and flooding the river. 

3. When the river surges, MULTIPLY the Rio Grande River into tributaries and flood the sites colonized by the cartel - uncovering more extraterritorial space. 
ARCHITECTURAL ACTS:
The border/river will now become ubiquitous and countless moments of crossing and overlap will remove the significance of the politically charged river. This territorial reconfiguration will instigate the transformation of cartel spaces that exists along the border. 

1. Subtract the walls parallel to the streets. EXPOSE the inner spaces within - no longer hidden from the public. 

2. DECOLONIZE the cartel by removing the ground they operate on with the flowing Rio Grande tributaries. 

3. By flushing out the cartel these spaces can now act as channels forging new unaffiliated spaces within a field of river tributaries - allowing new programs and an unfettered access between the two cities.
NEW BORDERLANDS:
With these operations set in place the border is no longer black or white, American or Mexican. Rather these actions instigate a new gradient of territory in an attempt to diversify the occupation of the borderland. No longer a space of political subjectivity the river now offers new moments of interaction and exchange amongst the two cities. The border will always exists however what these actions create is an experience that will not affirm the border - enabling new modes of subjectivity at the border outside strictly national and ethnic affiliations.