Migrant Detention Radio on Wave Farm WGXC 90.7 FM

Join us LIVE on Wave Farm Radio for a one-hour conversation about migrant detention in the U.S. with visual artist Eliseo Ortiz and historian Jessica Ordaz.

August 4th, 2021. 14:00 ET
Tune in to Wave Farm Radio WGXC 90.7 FM from NY or listen on the internet on wavefarm.org

In solidarity with the fight to oppose the criminalization of migrants in the U.S., this conversation will take place at two different locations that are significant to understanding the impact of privatized migrant detention and its long history of oppression: Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego and Aurora ICE Processing Center in Denver.

This event will be broadcasted on Wave Farm Radio through Radio Research by August Black and powered by Mezcal – a web application that aims to catalyze new forms of live interactive radio.


Eliseo Ortiz is a visual artist and filmmaker. His work interrogates borderlands and human migration in the context of neoliberal globalization. His artistic work has been presented in Mono No Aware in New York City, Centro Cultural Tlatelolco in Mexico City and Currents New Media in Santa Fe. His writing has been included in InVisible Culture: Journal for Visual Culture and You Are Here: The Journal of Creative Geography.

Jessica Ordaz is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her doctorate from the University of California Davis in American History. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Ordaz was the Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington, which focused on comparative racial capitalism. Her first book, The Shadow of El Centro: A History of Migrant Incarceration and Solidarity, was released in March 2021.

August Black is a hybrid practitioner of art, design and engineering. He makes experimental spatial and acoustic situations, often by building his own technological artifacts and instruments in hardware and software. In the past, he’s been a member of arts organizations such as the ORF Kunstradio and the Ars Electronica Futurelab, as well as a former member of the engineering team at Cycling ‘74, makers of Max/MSP.


Migrant Detention Radio is a radio project that denounces criminalization of migrants in the U.S. This upcoming event will be hosted by Wave Farm. Wave Farm is a non-profit arts organization driven by experimentation with broadcast media and the airwaves.