Listener Glenn Weyant lets us listen to his performance of music on the wall that divides Mexico from the United States. Weyant put contact microphones on a section of the wall near Nogales, Ariz., then uses a cello bow against metal on the wall.”

Art Silverman, All Things Considered: Playing the Wall

Donald Trump's pledge to build a "big beautiful wall" along the US-Mexico border has inserted a political urgency into the mainstream art world and made the Latino experience a point of inspiration for many. Seven artists working on either side of the border wall, from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Gulf of Mexico in the east, describe their work and how recent US immigration policy has helped to shape it. From music, to sculpture, virtual reality and performance art, the Art of Now explores the diverse artistic scene thriving along the 2000 miles border.”

Producer: Sarah Shebbeare, BBC Radio 4 : The Art of Now

GERMAN: "Amerika wird die Mauer bauen" Nur eine Handvoll Anhänger von US-Präsident Donald Trump steht bei einer lautstarken Anti-Mauer-Gegenveranstaltung auf der anderen Seite, trötet und schwenkt Transparente. "Amerika wird die Mauer bauen", lassen sie wissen. Mauerklang und Mauerkrankheit: Gegen die musiziert der US-Amerikaner Glenn Weyant schon seit mehr als zehn Jahren, indem er die Grenzanlagen unter anderem mit Drumsticks zum Klingen bringt. Er ist auf die mexikanische Seite gekommen und bespielt den Zaun mit den Dresdnern gegen Mauerkrankheit. Er erläutert: "Als die Berliner Mauer noch stand, hatten die Menschen ihretwegen psychische Probleme wie Depressionen. Die Trennung ihrer Kultur und ihrer Familien war einfach zu viel für sie. Bei uns haben wir dasselbe Problem mit Mexiko. Wir leiden an Mauerkrankheit, weil die Menschen durch eine Mauer getrennt sind. Die militarisierte Umgebung verstärkt das. Was ich über die Mauerkrankheit gelernt habe ist, dass es wie eine Epidemie in der ganzen Welt ist." ROUGHLY TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH: "America will build the wall" Only a handful of supporters of US President Donald Trump stands at a loud anti-wall counter-event on the other side, blows and swings banners. "America will build the wall," they say. Wall sound and wall disease: US American Glenn Weyant has been playing against the music for more than ten years, playing the border equipment with drumsticks. He came to the Mexican side and played the fence with the Dresden against wall disease. He explains: "When the Berlin Wall was still standing, people had mental problems like depression. The separation of their culture and their families was just too much for them. We have the same problem with Mexico. We are suffering from wall disease, because people are separated by a wall. The militarized environment reinforces this. What I have learned about wall disease is that it is like an epidemic all over the world."”

Anne-Katrin Mellmann , ARD-Studio Mexiko, zzt. in Tijuana,

  Spanish language interview with Markus Rindt of Dresdner Sinfoniker regarding their intentions to play the United States border wall in Tijuana, Mexico during an event titled: #TearDownThisWall SPANISH: DW: De cualquier manera, usted ha hecho un llamado a músicos estadounidenses a que participen ese día con acciones en la frontera con México. ¿Han reaccionado? MR: Sí. Hay algunos que van a participar, como el singular Glenn Weyant, un músico de Arizona, célebre por sus actuaciones en el muro. Se ha especializado en sacar sonidos del muro y hacerlo sonar. Eso fue para nosotros una inspiración para utilizar el muro como instrumento. Eso haremos en Tijuana. Sacaremos de muy diversas maneras tonos del muro, será una gran improvisación en la que participarán muchos músicos y percusionistas. Eso será en el marco del estreno de una pieza en la que el muro se convertirá en un instrumento más. ROUGH ENGLISH TRANSLATION: DW:Either way, you have called on American musicians to participate that day with actions on the Mexican border. Have they reacted? MR: Yes. There are some who are going to participate, like the singular Glenn Weyant, an Arizona musician, famous for his performances on the wall. He has specialized in making sound from the wall and making it sound. That was for us an inspiration to use the wall as an instrument. We will do that in Tijuana. We will take many different shades of the wall, it will be a great improvisation in which many musicians and percussionists will participate. That will be in the framework of the premiere of a piece in which the wall will become one more instrument.”

., Deutsche Welle

   Mexican mural artist Enrique Chiu and US sound artist Glenn Weyant discuss their work. They both create art from the Mexican border fence and they tell Tina why this location has attracted them as artists.”

Tina Daheley, BBC World Service : The Cultural Frontline

Xylophobia The idea for a xylophone wall came to Rael from an unlikely source: The Simpsons. On the show, Homer confuses xenophobia with “xylophobia,” claiming a fear of the percussion music. Building patches of wall out of large-scale xylophone bars definitely pushes the limits of whimsy, but it’s not as fanciful as you might think; Rael points to musician Glenn Weyant, who has used a cello bow, a mallet, and some electronic equipment to “play” the fence along the Arizona-Mexico border. Rael says you could replicate Weyant’s guerrilla act to transform the wall into a public arts center.”

Margaret Rhodes, WIRED

"While he has been making border music since 2006, his latest piece was created last month. “This is not a time to create artworks on grants or gallery show potential,” he said. “This is a time for immediate action and a guerrilla DIY sensibility. If one wants to address Trump artistically, they just need to figure out their medium – sound, paint, sculpture – and make it happen.””

Nadja Sayej, The Guardian

  "The evening began with a musical performance of an original piece by Glenn Weyant called “Tony Becomes A Buddha”. Weyant introduced the piece, describing it as an “anti-composer” piece. He set the conditions for the piece (which we could see, broken down into 5 minute increments, on scores that were handed out to us) and his ensemble had the freedom to do whatever they wanted within those limitations. A group of musicians circled up in the small room with a ring of loudly buzzing amps. The orchestra had cellos, violas, violins, amplified bowed guitars, and included a film projector as one of the instruments!"”

Ashley Naftule, PHX SUX

  "Weyant is especially perceptive to sound. He’s a man who has played the border fence, sculptures around town and otherwise revealed the sounds of everyday life as a soundscape of our world. He’s pretty deep. Unsurprisingly, he heard the federal planes and turned them into music. ”Under Tucson Skies Circling,” his composition, is a sort of menacing combination of the buzz of the Cessnas accompanied by cello and overlaid by an artificial voice reading a letter denying his Freedom of Information Act request about a specific DHS flight. “I’ve listened to them more than is probably normal,” he told me last week. “I’m not a big conspiracy theory person. I realize we live in a military town near the border. But I’ve noticed over the years planes circling.” Weyant is not convinced by government assurances that the flights target specific individuals. Perceptively, he points out that in nature, when you’re being circled, you’re being stalked. Think of hawks, vultures and sharks."”

Tim Steller, Arizona Daily Star

  It's 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and downtown Tucson—minus the men and women in business suits and office casual—is awake despite the empty streets. But today, it's not about the sights. This is a sound walk with Glenn Weyant. The only goal is to pay attention to every sound from corner to corner, alley ways and those places made special without the weekday bustle of city and county workers and traffic, lots of traffic.”

Mari Herreras, Tucson Weekly

Symbolizing all of that pain and suffering is the US-Mexico border wall, a series of fences that separate the two North American countries. This place is about as soul-crushing as it gets, but once a month near the town of Sasabe, Arizona, a man named Glenn Weyant drives out to the wall, unpacks his bag of musical equipment, and creates a incredibly crazy symphony . . . using the wall as his primary instrument.”

Nolan Moore,


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