Jonathan Taube, Travel Fellowship Lectures

Our Fence: The erotics of entry at the US-Mexico Border


2015 Moise H. & Lois G. Goldstein Travel Fellow, Jonathan Taube (M.Arch I ’16,) will present on a journey into America’s borderlands from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. Taube followed the international boundary line, crossing into Mexico by foot to return through the architecture of control at US Land Ports of Entries. The lecture documents the spatial sequence of entry and obstacles, the militarization of the border architecture, and the consequence of a constructed lingerie for the American Dream.

Jonathan Taube is in his final year of the 3.5 year M. Arch 1 at the School of Architecture. Previously he studied Interdisciplinary Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art, graduating in 2010. In the spring of 2011, Taube travel to Israel on a Marburg Fellowship to document the cultural instance of the Prickly Pear Cactus in Israel and Palestine. While there he began a body of research on the Architecture of Defense that explores the historic development of weaponry in conflict with architecture. His focus has been on the physical barrier which marks an international border, it relationship to surveillance, and what he describes as a sequence of spatial controls designed to capture, repel, and absorb the aspirations of the body in transit. 



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