Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

MediaTo[u]r: Diasporas, Immigration Stories and Media Works

Beatriz Flores Gtz..


MediaTo[u]r began with the production of a series of short documentaries entitled “Mexico-USA Immigration Stories” and filmed along the border between Mexico and the USA. Collaborators are part of a diversity of Mexican diasporic communities residing in multiple locations between the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

Whereas the videos revealed many aspects of a complex culture of border crossers, the videos are not an end, but a dialogical tool. The visual or written literature born out of these dialogues is only the beginning of MediaTo[u]r’s goal: To mediate racist constructions, and to promote an understanding of diasporic identities, in both, its collective and individual positionalities in the face of globalization, and a conscious negotiation of more assertive and positive future imaginaries for diasporic communities regardless of citizenship, class and gender.

The short documentaries and written literatures are to be brought back to the people who collaborated in them, so MediaTo[u]r in its distributive phase functions as a social and cultural intervention. For example, the circumstances in which a group of Mexican agricultural workers live calls for a form of direct-cinema, in this case the visual medium is to be taken to the streets where this particular community gathers to sleep, talk, and wait for work. The videos or written materials can also be brought to the people who land in temporary refugee houses, religious or community centers. MediaTo[u]r is also going to be distributed in communities in Mexico where potential immigrants live.

Presenters

Beatriz Flores Gtz.  (United States)
Assistant Professor
Department of Radio, Television and Film
University of North Texas

Beatriz worked in the experimental theater scene in Mexico City, now she teaches Film and Multimedia at the University of North Texas. Her most recent endeavor “MediaTo[u]r” is an effort to democratize the mediation of ideas in the public sphere and an on going call for media fringe works. In its distributive phase, MediaTo[u]r deals with the intersection of technological innovations and the archaic; in other words it’s a media tour on foot and word of mouth, but never forgets the WWW.

Keywords
  • Multi-sited ethnography
  • Video documentary
  • Border culture
  • Illegal immigration
  • Mediation
  • Media
  • Public sphere



(30 min. Conference Paper, English)