It has often been said that tourism is the modern realization of a human urge to be elsewhere. But how does this urge mutate when the elsewhere becomes the right here, or vice versa? The more closely we look at the right here, the more we might see the elsewhere within it.
This isn’t an appeal to that popular artistic employment of seeing things anew—finding the strange in the everyday. We mean this quite literally.
Places may be distinct spatial categories in our minds, but they are far from materially exclusive—their boundaries form overlapping volumes that share varying amounts of matter and history.
Below are a collection of our tours available in various digital formats.
This walking tour of Tijuana finds one example of transnational commerce in a rather unexpected place–a dentist’s chair. This 20 min. audio track features narration by Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga and interviews with dentists from the Mexican border towns of El Progresso, Ojinaga, Juarez, Nogales, Mexicali and Tijuana. The track ends with a song written by Ricardo with music composed by Alejandro Espino Aldana and performed by Alejandro Espino Aldana, Benjamin Rivera Cruz, Mary-Ann Murnane & Giovanni Jesus Borquez Carvajal.
Format: Audio - Mode: Walking - Language: English/Spanish
Despite the sparkling clarity of Devil’s Kitchen Lake, the seasonal influx of wintering geese, and the hushed serenity of its wilderness area, this Southern Illinois National Wildlife Refuge is anything but unspoiled nature. The Refuge is the result of a half-century of economic development efforts directed at this sparsely populated, rural part of the state. Its three lakes were designed and built by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, and the Refuge itself was established in 1947 on the site of a shuttered US Army munitions plant. Since the 1980s, it has been on the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List—better known as Superfund—which outlines and monitors a clean-up process for the most severely contaminated sites in the United States.
Rather than concealing the Refuge ’s resolutely cultural and political existence, this tour highlights it.
Format: Audio - Mode: Driving - Language: English
A walking tour of Vancouver’s False Creek.
Vancouver has a unique history as a city that has hosted both a World’s Fair—Expo86–and a Winter Olympics in 2010. These events have undeniably transformed the land around False Creek, an urban waterway that borders Downtown Vancouver. While False Creek has been shaped by urban settlement for over a century, the mega-events of 1986 and 2010 have left an economic and political legacy that will be seen and felt well into the future.
Format: Audio - Mode: Walking - Language: English
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