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'Crossfade LAB' Explores U.S.-Mexico Border Through Collaborative Art

"Crossfade LAB" at Crescent Ballroom
(Image courtesy of CALA Alliance)
The next "Crossfade LAB" at Crescent Ballroom features multi-disciplinary artist Nao Bustamante and musician Helado Negro.

There is a long history of art being used to connect people from different places, different backgrounds, and different political ideologies. But an experimental project called " Crossfade LAB" put on through the nonprofit arts organization CALA Alliance, blends different forms of art as a way to explore the unexpected intersections in our everyday lives.

It's done by taking two artists of different mediums and putting them on stage together in a performance that is largely improvisational, featuring discussion, music, performance art, and crowd engagement. The themes tackle difficult and complex topics, like identity, immigration, and the nuances of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The moderator of "Crossfade LAB," Josh Kun, expalined what a crossfade is, and what it means in both concrete and abstract terms.

Kun is also a professor of communication in the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California and is a MacArthur fellow.

The next "Crossfade LAB" is Monday at Crescent Ballroom and features multi-disciplinary artist Nao Bustamante and musician Helado Negro.

Sarah Ventre was a producer for KJZZ's The Show from 2014 to 2018.