Robert M. Ransick recently completed a 6 month Residency at Eyebeam in New York City where he was researching and developing a forthcoming project titled “ Casa Segura.” He has worked in a wide range of media and has exhibited his work in NYC at such venues as Exit Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Howard Greenberg Gallery and White Box Gallery. In addition he has shown at The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Illinois and at the Palazzo delle Esposizione in Rome, Italy, among others. He has worked as a curator and cultural producer in collaboration with Creative Time, the Aperture Foundation, and Blindspot. He is a co-creator of the Blur conferences and other events focused on current creative practices in digital art and culture. Previously, he was the Director of the Photography Department and the Director of the Computer Instruction Center at The New School. He has taught at The School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, and The New School. BFA, Photography with Honors, The School of Visual Arts; MA, Media Studies, The New School for Social Research. He is currently a full-time faculty member in digital arts at Bennington College. He is also a member of the media collective Screensavers Group. Robert M. Ransick lives and works in New York City, but spends a good deal of time in Southern Arizona.

“Casa Segura” (CS)

“Casa Segura” (CS) is a hybrid project that combines a small public access structure on private land in the Sonoran desert north of the Mexican border in Southern Arizona with a dynamic bilingual web space for dialogue, creative exchange, and understanding. Casa Segura engages three groups: Mexican migrants who are making the dangerous trek, the property owners whose land they cross, and a greater online public who strive to understand the complex, yet intimate dynamics at play in the region and border issues at-large. The structure acts as an anonymous private space for migrants to get life-saving water and nutrition and to share stories via an embedded custom touch screen interface. Drawing upon the vernacular of traveler graffiti, pictograms and the Mexican tradition of ex-voto painting, travelers are invited to share something about themselves and their journey with the homeowner and the population at large. The website is a public space for a broader audience to view these first-hand accounts, to create their own and to engage with others on the issues surrounding immigration and the borders of the southwestern United States.