Cross-Border Communication: We’re In This Together

Last night we projected a message from Windsor to Detroit. It was a message we’ve been meaning to send for a while. We wanted Detroit to know that we know that, “We’re In This Together.” And we mean that, in every way.

Broken City Lab: Cross-Border Communication from Windsor to Detroit

This message is part of a project that we started working on in the spring with students from Vincent Massey Secondary School called Cross-Border Communication. We had previously imagined the potential in sending a message to Detroit in a strategic plan we invented last winter.

Broken City Lab: Cross-Border Communication from Windsor to Detroit

With the help of the students at Massey and their teacher, my brother, Mr. Langlois, we did the math to figure out the size of the letters to make them visible from Detroit.

Broken City Lab: Cross-Border Communication from Windsor to Detroit

Then we wrote a proposal for the 2010 Rhizome Commission cycle and we were finalists, but ultimately we didn’t get the commission. So the project stayed in the background, and slowly we were able to gather the support we needed to secure the equipment to make this happen.

Broken City Lab: Cross-Border Communication from Windsor to Detroit

Thanks to the generosity from the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Leadership Chair and Spectrodata, we were able to project our first message to Detroit last night. We’ll be attempting to project at least two more messages this week, as long as the weather holds out.

6 Replies to “Cross-Border Communication: We’re In This Together”

  1. Ben, thanks for the congrats! We’re really happy to have been able to do this! We ended up using a 5000 lumens projector for this.

    I agree with Josh, awesome photos as usual Cristina!

    Detronik, looking forward to imagining new projects with you in the future, glad to know you were on the receiving end for this one.

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