Latamcyber is pleased to announce that Claire has just had an article published in the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, volume 18:2 (2012). Entitled ‘Monopolies and Maquiladoras: The Resistant Re-encoding of Gaming in Coco Fusco and Ricardo Domínguez’s Turista Fronterizo’ the article forms part of Claire’s on-going project on Latin(o) American net.art, and focuses in particular on Fusco and Domínguez’s 2005 game art piece.
The article starts by analyzing how Turista Fronterizo closely engages with the US-Mexico border as material locality and as representative of particular (corporate) practices. It focuses on the maquiladora, arguing that it functions as the central trope encoding the work, a synecdoche for post-Fordist late capitalism. The article then examines how Turista Fronterizo‘s playing with both digital and pre-digital conceptualizations of recombinatory praxis is undertaken as a form of questioning of the status quo, encouraging the user to establish and critique the interconnections between the various locations visited. It analyzes how socio-economic inequalities of the border are encoded in the structural inequalities of the ludology, and argues that Turista Fronterizo critiques the structural inequities of the border economy.
A free e-print of the article can be downloaded from the publisher’s website at:
Claire is continuing research into this and other similar net.art and game art pieces, with further publications planned for the near future – we will keep you posted!