Artist Projects

A Stranger Comes to Town


Jacqueline Goss

They say there are only two stories in the world: man goes on a journey, and stranger comes to town. Six people are interviewed anonymously about their experiences coming into the U.S. Each then designs a video game avatar that tells their story by proxy. Goss focuses on the questions and examinations used to establish identity at the border, and how these processes in turn affect one’s own sense of self and view of the world. A Stranger Comes to Town reworks animations from the Department of Homeland Security, combining them with stories from the border, impressions from the online game, World of Warcraft, and journeys via Google Earth to tell a tale of bodies moving through lands familiar and strange.

Project Updates

  • 2010: A Stranger Comes to Town screens at Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of Creative Capital film festival

  • 2007: A Stranger Comes to Town has European premiere at Rotterdam International Film Festival

  • 2007: A Stranger Comes to Town is screened at the PDX Festival in Portland OR

  • 2007: A Stranger Comes to Town is screened as part of group exhibition at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin

  • 2007: A Stranger Comes to Town is screened in Detroit Docs at the Detroit Film Center

  • 2008: A Stranger Comes to Town is screened at the Transmediale Festival in Berlin

  • 2008: A Stranger Comes to Town is screened at the New York Underground Film Festival