Casa Segura, Interactive Installation for the Border

Casa Segura (Safe House) is an artwork that combines a small public access structure on private land in the Sonoran desert in Southern Arizona with a dynamic bilingual web space that facilitates creative exchange, dialogue, and understanding. Located north of the Mexican border, Casa Segura engages three distinct groups: Mexican migrants crossing the border through this dangerous landscape, the property owners whose land they cross, and members of the general public interested in learning more about border issues and the intricate dynamics at play in this heavily trafficked region. Casa Segura provides concerned private property owners on the border with an opportunity to create a life-saving beacon in the desert, a platform for engaging with the anonymous individuals crossing their land, and a non-aggressive means of protecting their homes.

The small solar-powered structure acts as a temporary transitional space in which migrants can meet basic needs for water and nutrition and share stories via an embedded touch screen interface. The interface provides a simple means for the migrants to draw, write messages, or make a pictogram from a set of ready-made graphical icons. These images and messages are automatically uploaded to the Casa Segura website from the remote location. The bilingual web site is a public space for viewing the migrant-created images/messages, a place for others to create their own, and an access point for resources about immigration issues and the borders of the southwestern United States.

Exhibited at Eyebeam, NY, Fall 07
Prototype to be deployed in Sonoran Desert
Interactive Installation
Collaboration with Robert Ransick

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