a geography of being : una geografia de ser is a three-part art project that reflects upon the dynamics of the undocumented immigrant population in the United States, specifically in relation to undocumented youth. The installation consists of the following elements: small kinetic sculptures with animated displays titled “Undocumented Drones” and a video game that places the player in the role of an undocumented youth that must face several challenges in the search for self-determination beyond the imposed constraints of citizenry. The visitor to the installation plays the game, the “Undocumented Drones” react to game play and may help the player along. Separately, a graphic zine represents the challenges and options presented in the video game.
The installation has been produced with the help of Cesar and Vishal, two young men who immigrated to the United States as young children. Their experiences and observations helped develop the game and determined the final goal of the game – self-determination. The conversations with Vishal and Cesar were incredibly revealing and extended the question of citizenry beyond civil status or politics to personal psychological realities. These are personal realities that effect friendships, romantic relationships as well as day to day life. For these two young men, a defining role has been that of activists and forming a powerful community in the New York State Youth Leadership Council. Also, although her comments were brief, Angy of NYSYLC help determine the type of game presented in “a geography of being : una geografia de ser.”
Game programming is by Anthony Gonzalez. Communication protocol and microcontroller programming is by Olov Sundström.
Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga approaches art as a social practice that seeks to establish dialogue in public spaces. In his work, themes such as immigration, discrimination, gentrification and the effects of globalization extend from highly subjective experiences and observations into works that tactically engage others through populist metaphors while maintaining critical perspectives. Ricardo has a master’s of fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s from the University of California at Berkeley.
Ricardo’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at El Matadero, Madrid, Spain; Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; San Jose Museum of Art; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City; The National Center for Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg, Russia; Momenta Art, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria; Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paulo, Brazil; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Bronx Museum and The Whitney Museum of American Art N.Y.
Background for the menu page of the game.