THE SKATE THAT BINDS US

Audio collaboration with Justin Favela, 2015

"The Skate That Binds Us" is an audio archive of a locally broadcasted commercial jingle from the iconic 1990's Las Vegas skating rink Crystal Palace Skating Center, sung by over 50 Las Vegas natives who were exposed to the catchy tune as a child. By posting a hotline number across Twitter and Facebook, participants were invited to call and sing the theme song after the tone from memory. There is no document or recording of this song online. "The Skate That Binds Us" acts as a people's recollection of an idiosyncratic pop cultural reference, specific to a city that rapidly recycles its commercial icons, and specific to a community that regularly witnesses these changes.