To Drumpf Drumpf’s wall is participatory media art project created in response to Donald Drumpf’s campaign promise to build a giant wall in the border between Mexico and the United States.
The main objective of the project was to test different participatory frameworks (a workshop and an art installation) where a political issue is discussed, imagined, and represented in situ. A secondary objective was to find the difference in results between these two frameworks, and the third objective was to inspire fellow students, activists and academics to work with media making methodologies as communication alternatives that challenge both their perceptions of difference and their political engagement.
The project had two iterations one in the form of a workshop and the other in a gallery setting. The first iteration of this project was in the 2015 Westcoast Organizing Conference hosted by the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation (SCALE) in what I will call the Workshop Framework. The second iteration of this project was presented in in the lobby of the SCI Interactive Media Building in the School of Cinematic Arts at the “Against Method” Exhibition that presented five ongoing PhD Student Projects in what I will call the installation framework.
These two sites allowed me to test the dynamics of the interaction and responses by the participants. Even though the project had an overarching dynamic in both frameworks that consisted in the creation of collaborative stop-motions animations that discussed Donald Drumpf’s proposal of building the wall each framework presented different results.