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Under The Same Sky … We Dream by Erika Harrsch
Under the Same Sky … We Dream is a video and sound installation by artist Erika Harrsch in collaboration with singer Magos Herrera. Harrsch has a history of creating interdisciplinary and participatory projects that explore the topic of immigration, particularly between Mexico and the United States. Under the Same Sky focuses on children who cross borders, both with and without their families, and highlights the conditions of immigrant minors both at the border and within the United States. At the center of the piece is an oversized screen showing a double-sided time-lapse video of the sky filmed between El Paso TX and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Beyond the screen visitors encounter dozens of thin green plastic sleeping pads with silver emergency mylar thermic blankets such as those used in temporary detention centers for unaccompanied minors dotted along the US-Mexico Border. The installation is accompanied by a soundtrack with phrases extracted directly from the DREAM Act of 2011 sung by internationally acclaimed Mexican singer Magos Herrera.

Under the same sky... we dream, reflects on the rights to move freely beyond borders and the consequences of unregulated migration, the detention centers for undocumented minors at the border of Mexico and the USA and the Dream-Act legislation of the immigration reform in the United States, that was never adopted. The installation is a multi-sensory perspective on the loaded realities at the border and the immigration conundrum as a space for reflection, participation and active creation. The border undergoing constant construction and revision, transforming upon geopolitical interests and national structures.

Rubin.utep.edu/index.php/future1/118

L Gallery
Aug 10 – Sep 29, 2017

Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts
The University of Texas at El Paso

500 West University Avenue. El Paso, TX 79968
Phone: 915.747.6151
Gallery Hours: Mon - Wed, 10 am - 5 pm / Thur, 10 am - 7 pm / Fri, 10 am - 5 pm
Music in the forestMusic in the forest, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 63 x 68 in, 017
Pink Sky Dream“Pink Sky Dream“ by Erika Harrsch, Mixed media, acrylic on linen, 40 x 48 in
Inverted Sky
ErikaErika Harrsch, Erika, 2016 (detail) Acrylic and Collage on linen, 50 x 30 inches
EROS-THANATOS by Erika Harrsch at Les Baux-De-Procence Cour De L'Hotel De Manville
Festival a-part / Alpilles-Provence'art
July 28th until August 27th, 2016
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Erika Harrsch Room 35 Video Animation at Cut Out Fest
Bodymaps Cello Concerto
Featuring cellist Jeffrey Zeiger, composer Paola Prestini and artist Erika Harrsch. 7:30 p.m. n April 8 Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts, University of Nevada Reno.
Multidisciplinary Performance World Premiere
Room35-Labyrinth premiered February 1st 2014 at the Krannert Center. An interdisciplinary installation concerto for cellist Maya Beiser composed by Paola Prestini and visuals by Erika Harrsch. Stage director Michael McQuilken, Brad Peterson video designer and Yi Zhao lighting designer. A collaborative venture that tightly incorporated sound, lighting design, and projected visuals. The Krannert Center performance featured the ©Erika Harrsch-LEDCello in collaboration with Meric Adriansen froom D3Led, eDream institue and Jason Price animation. A Beth Morrison Projects work commissioned by VisionIntoArt and the Krannert Center. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

"Labyrinth installation dazzles, stuns at Krannert Center...a mesmerizing, multilayered digital environment for the artists...a journey layered with tantalizing visual and audial stimuli." - The Daily Illinois
"While listening and watching, my mind wandered to ideas of the universe and life." - The News Gazette -
De Esperanza y De Locura / Of Hope and Madness
Work by Erika Harrsch, Miguel Luciano, Esperanza Mayobre, Favianna Rodriguez, and Judi Werthein

August 28 – October 26, 2013

Featuring Erika Harrsch " United of North America passport performance"
September Friday 6th and September 7th

MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
510 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
www.maclaarte.org
Flow
Flow. Wall installation project for EATON Corp. World Headquarters. 15’-10’ x 8’-4’
I created a work in which banknotes shaped as butterflies circulate in patterns that represent a vital connective system— Specimen-prints of currency from many countries will mimic the delicate beauty of butterflies in migratory flight, reflecting the transformative power of global mobility. After years of observing Monarch butterflies closely, often photographing and filming at the sanctuaries in Mexico, I have come to be in awe of their collective flight. The balanced perfection of its flow is fascinating, as is and the subtle correlation between light and the direction of the butterflies' shifting patterns. The Monarch butterfly, during its fall migration, navigates over long distances using a time-compensated sun compass. Apparent fragility turns into energy and strength, as the winged creatures travel three thousand kilometers on their annual route, sometimes taking advantage of wind currents to glide. For that reason, I base the installation designs on real wind vectors, evoking the motion of air masses around the globe. The circular patterns, waves and perspective lines of the designs represent the release of energy from a hidden source and its distribution through dynamic connective patterns—a constant flow that continues through the whole life cycle.
Erika Harrsch awarded with the Gaea Foundation-Sea Change Residency, July 2012"
The Gaea Foundation supports the discovery and realization of alternative social realities that are just, creative, sustainable, and authentically democratic. Aiming to bring these values to public awareness, Gaea provides the time, space, and funds through Sea Change Residencies. Outstanding activists, cultural organizers and educators, multidisciplinary visual artists, performers, writers and new media artists, academics and scholars, who are making critical headway in engaging the public with alternative social action are recognized.
Paradox: The Limits of Liberty