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Eliseo Ortiz

Assistant Professor, Career Track

Office — Morrill 144B
Campus — Pullman
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Portfolio Site —,


Eliseo is a media artist, filmmaker and scholar working in the interstices between Mexico and the United States. His work questions the various entangled problems caused by the militarization and enforcement of border controls at U.S. southern border and the sustained criminalization of undocumented migrants in the United States. His collaborative writing has appeared in Poetry, The New River, Flat Journal, InVisible Culture: Journal for Visual Culture, and You are Here: The Journal of Creative Geography. His artistic work has been included in Mono No Aware, Centro Cultural Tlatelolco, and Currents New Media. Eliseo earned a Master of Fine Arts in Media Arts Production from SUNY Buffalo (2015) and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Emergent Technologies and Media Arts Practices at the University of Colorado, Boulder (2022). Prior to joining WSU, He served as head of the Arts Department at the University of Monterrey in Mexico and was the director of the Media Lab at Monterrey Center for Higher Learning of Design. He has been a recipient of Fulbright-Garcia Robles (2012), and FONCA Jovenes Creadores (2014).

Selected Work

Migrant Detention Radio (2021)
This is an ongoing collaboration with historian Jessica Ordaz and technologist August Black. Migrant Detention Radio is a site-specific radio broadcasting project that converses around migrant carceral facilities.

The Foundations of Detention (2020)
This is a multimedia user-generated content online repository and map for visualizing the effects of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) on undocumented migrant communities. The website provides accessible and updated information about all the current and past locations of carceral facilities.


2021 – Fellowship Media Archaeology Lab CU Boulder

2015 – PECDA Nuevo León, Mexico

2014 – FONCA Jovenes Creadores

2012 – Fulbright-Garcia Robles


Selected Publications

Ortiz, Eliseo and Karimi, Nilufar: Loom 2021. “Abecedarian After Border Speeches.” Poetry Magazine. Accessed September 6, 2022.

Ortiz, Eliseo and Karimi, Nilufar: Loom. 2021. “Every tongue, that wound my heart.” The New River: A Journal of Digital Art and Literature. Accessed September 6, 2022. 

Ortiz, Eliseo. 2021. “How many euphemisms for prison are there?” You Are here: the journal of creative geography. Accessed September 6, 2022.

Ortiz, Eliseo. 2020. “Guess who did the crime? : The Facial Composite Game.”  InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture. Accessed September 6, 2022.