"Necestando Al Otro" (Needing the Other)

By: David Schwittek   Alyshia Galvez  

"Necesitando al Otro" is a multi-channel, interactive video installation exploring the Mexican migration. It detects the relative audience presence and, detecting a complete absence, enters the inactive state. In this state the video channels enter a phase of data corruption, analogous to the increasing denial of migrant struggles in our society. When the installation detects a partial presence (e.g. one or two people relatively nearby), it enters the partial state. In this state, the corruption of the video channels becomes increasingly more subtle, and the viewing less challenging. As the audience increases in number, the installation enters the active state, wherein video corruption becomes unnoticeable. This interplay of obscurity and visibility is designed to interrogate the Western Hemisphere’s indifference to the struggles of the Mexican migrant, and that an active interest in – and attention to – these struggles can provide a clearer understanding of our shared humanity.

"Audience", " Identities", " Representation"
Media Cultures
Virtual Lightning Talk

Prof. David Schwittek

Artist, City University of New York, United States
New York, United States

David Schwittek is an award winning artist, designer, filmmaker, and educator. He works mainly in digital media, focussing on issues of human rights and social justice. His research interests include documentary film production, web and interaction design, sound design, writing, and motion graphics. David Schwittek holds an MFA from Parsons, The New School for Design. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Lehman Scholars Program and the Art Department of Lehman College. He currently teaches documentary film.

Prof. Alyshia Galvez

-, -, City University of New York, United States
New York, United States

Professor Galvez's academic interests include religion, migration, performance, citizenship, reproduction, medical anthropology, Latin America, and Latinos in the United States As director of the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies at Lehman College, her research includes Mexican migration to New York City, focusing especially on two main aspects: religiosity and the role of religious organizations in channeling migrant organization and activism, and pregnancy and childbirth among immigrants and the ways in which they are received by the public health system. Her honors include: 2014 Honoree, Asociación Tepeyac Gala 2013 "Women of Distinction Award", Bronx Free Press. 2009 Faculty Recognition Award in Research and Scholarship in the Division of Arts and Humanities, Lehman College, May 13, 2009. Summa Cum Laude, Columbia University Phi Beta Kappa, Columbia University