Story about Border-Ball airs on NBC 7 San Diego

Many thanks to Joe Little for the wonderful story about Border-Ball! It was a joy talking with Joe and playing catch with him, and it was fantastic to see the story air on NBC 7 San Diego on Thursday (November 7, 2019) at 4:30 pm and 6 pm.

You can watch the story, “We’re All in This Together: Playing a Game of Catch Along US – Mexico Border”, now – and read a written version of it too – on the NBC 7 San Diego website, the NBC 4 Los Angeles website, and the NBC Bay Area website.

Participate in Border-Ball

I’m getting ready to start the 10th day of Border-Ball: a 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S. – Mexico border; and I would love it if you would accompany me on my journey.

I’ve had many amazing conversations with the people that I’ve met so far on my pilgrimage, and I look forward to many more. Many thanks to all those who have walked with me already, and many thanks to everyone who is planning to join me in the future!

I start, each day, at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California, and walk along the border wall before heading north two and a half miles to the Otay Mesa Detention Center. I’m traveling there and back again each day – a seven mile journey that connects legal entry to the U.S. with the border wall and the detention center holding those who might be in the country without all legal permits.

You are welcome to walk with me for as much as you like: for a little bit, or for as much as the full 7 miles.

Here’s a map of the Border-Ball route:

In addition to participating in Border-Ball by walking with me; you can also participate by playing catch and by sharing your stories about baseball and the border.

Here’s the walking and interviewing schedule, as well as some logistical information about food and water.

Stories about Border-Ball in the Winston-Salem Journal and The Kite

Many thanks to John Hinton for the story about Border-Ball: a 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S. – Mexico border in the Winston-Salem Journal. The story, “WFU artist to ‘play ball’ on U.S. border”, came out on November 2, as part of the Journal’s Higher Education Notebook, and can be read here.

Many thanks as well to Rosanna Albertini for her post about Border-Ball in her blog, The Kite: about thinking as the art of desire, and art as the desire of thinking fresh. Check out the post, “Border Ball : THE ROUTE e auguri di buon viaggio” here. And stay tuned for future posts about Border-Ball in The Kite as well.

Story about Border-Ball in Wake Forest News

Many thanks to Kim McGrath and Wake Forest News for the wonderful story about Border-Ball:

WFU artist Joel Tauber will ‘play ball’ on the U.S.-Mexico border

It’s a whole new ballgame for artist, filmmaker and Wake Forest associate professor Joel Tauber who will undertake a 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S.-Mexico border to build community through baseball….

Read the rest of the story here: https://news.wfu.edu/2019/10/22/wfu-artist-joel-tauber-will-play-ball-on-the-u-s-mexico-border/

Border-Ball: a 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S. – Mexico border

Hola compañeros!

I’m very excited about my new project Border-Ball: a 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S. – Mexico border. If you’re in the area, I would love to walk with you. Info below.

Nos vemos luego!

Joel

Joel Tauber is undertaking a 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S. – Mexico border to build community through baseball.

Growing up, Tauber went to Fenway Park to watch baseball. He dreamed of playing professionally. Baseball, for him, stands for openness and a belief in a welcoming, diverse America. He hopes to encourage conversation and togetherness rather than division and separation.

The journey will begin on Oct. 29. Tauber will start at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California, and will walk along the border wall before heading north two and a half miles to the Otay Mesa Detention Center. He will travel there and back again each day – a seven mile journey that connects legal entry to the U.S. with the border wall and the detention center holding those who might be in the country without all legal permits. While walking, he will be declaring, in English as well as some Spanish, an adaptation of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”:

Walk with me along the border. Play catch with me in front of the wall. I don’t care what part of the world you’re from. Let’s root, root, root for teamwork. If we don’t find some, it’s a shame. For it’s one, two, three strikes, we’re out at the old ball game.

He is also proclaiming, as an adaptation of “The Star Spangled Banner”:

Oh, say, can you see, our country’s gorgeous dream: an endless field of green, where everyone can live and play? Our star-spangled banner yet waves, over the land of immigrants and the home of us all!

Tauber will be wearing a custom vintage baseball uniform and backpack in blue, white and red. He will be tossing a baseball as he walks along and inviting people who walk along with him to play catch.

As part of the border walk, Tauber will be filming people he meets and gathering personal reflections and stories related to baseball and the border. He will produce a film and art installation, called Border-Ball, about the experience.

Tauber was born in 1972 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and comes from a long line of rabbis. His work focuses on generating conversation and facilitating change. Most recently, the Vintage International Film Festival in Kolhapur, India, named Tauber’s “The Sharing Project” movie “Best International Documentary Film.” He lives and works in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; where he is Associate Professor of Art at Wake Forest University.