Jordan Crandall

(USA, 1960)

Heat-Seeking, the film Jordan Crandall produced for inSITE2000, made use of and mimicked surveillance technology deployed along the US-Mexico border. Exploring themes of erotica and violence through five fantasy sequences woven into the overall structural narrative of mobility and monitoring, the film was shot on location in San Diego and Tijuana over the course of seven days in August 2000. Crandall stated that he wanted to use the language of cinema, advertising, and the “strategic seeing” of military systems to produce a film that would investigate interior and exterior borders. The piece was presented in two formats that each referenced mobility and ultimately established a reconfigured role of the viewer. In Tijuana, the film could be seen on the video billboard at the Cuauhtémoc Circle, where scenes would be interspersed with advertising and other public media. In San Diego, Crandall’s film could be seen on hand-held cell phones using streaming video technology. The mobile aspect of the project, developed by the artist and engineers from Qualcomm and Packet Video, was among the first examples of a film being shown on a handheld phone through a cellular network.

Curators: Susan Buck-Morss, Ivo Mesquita, Osvaldo Sánchez, and Sally Yard
Venues: Glorieta de Cuauhtémoc, Tijuana and in(fo)SITE, San Diego.