Polak, Jenny

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Digital access to this material is pending artist's approval. Materials may be viewed onsite at the Goldsen Archive, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Kroch Library, Cornell University.

I create virtual and real spaces that reconstitute interactions between people without immigration papers, and citizens. My works seek table-turning forms for the everyday crises of citizen-undocumented engagement in the context of expanding government operations to catch and imprison immigrants. Audiences and participants are interchangeable in this art of cohabitation. I bring a background in architecture and marketing for architecture firms, to both virtual and built works. Design and marketing languages are appropriated to promote satirical solutions to today's hotly contested immigration politics.


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    2008 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
    Polak, Jenny (2009-06-08T18:40:29Z)
    This web-based project is a response to an escalating persecution of workers who lack immigration papers, and a projection in urban planning terms, of the evolving American concept of the Sanctuary City. It consists of an online map of the US marked with real data, uploaded interactively, about the raids that ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) carries out in workplaces and communities. This collective, "bottom up" mapping will accommodate the embedding of another form of data visualization: zoom-in areas will reveal fictionalized models of towns offering some form of sanctuary to immigrants.