Santuario: Timelessness and Transformation

Careers are always strange and unpredictable things. When I went to film school at UCLA, I never imagined that I would someday be writing scripts for videogames; it was, after all, the era of Pac-Man and Centipede. Power pellets and poisoned mushrooms aside, neither game was a media experience heavy on narrative.

The Santuario - in glorious daylight.
The Santuario – in glorious daylight.

The first time I came to Santa Fe as a Visiting Professor of Screenwriting, more than a decade ago, I (like nearly every tourist) visited the City Different’s beloved Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (typically known as the Santuario), the ancient Catholic church set along the Santa Fe River. Built at about the time the Declaration of Independence was being signed, the chapel served Santa Fe’s poor farmers alongside the river bank just west of downtown, and was devoted specifically to Our Lady of Guadalupe — whose own semiotics knits together Indian, Spanish, and Mexican cultural identities and puts a distinctly New World stamp on Catholicism.

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Outdoor Vision Fest Visiting Artists

Istanbul Bilgi VCD team & Terry BorstHere are my colleagues from Istanbul Bilgi’s Visual Communication Design department, relaxing with me (I’m the guy in the middle) at Santa Fe’s popular Downtown Subscription coffeehouse just off Canyon Road, right after our shared success at OVF 2012. (Check out their mind-blowing “Legoretta Alive” installation at OVF.) From left to right: student Can Buyukberber, Professor Cem Ersozlu, me, Program Director Cihangir Istek and Professor Refik Anadol.

It was a real professional highlight working with this team, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with them again.

Outdoor Vision Fest 2012 a Success

More than a thousand people attended Santa Fe University‘s 2nd annual Outdoor Vision Fest, which I’m privileged to be shepherding; it is also a privilege to be working with outstanding faculty like Brad Wolfley, Tom Miller, Dae In Chung and Alex Emmons.

In addition, I had the honor of working with a Visual Communication Design faculty contingent from Bilgi University in Istanbul — and was blown away by the 3D architectural mapping installation they designed, entitled “Legoretta Alive.” More about that in a future post.


Terry Borst emceeing OVF at SF_XI was honored on April 25 to emcee “OVF at SF_X“, an Outdoor Vision Fest “pre-event” where students could sneak-peek some of their upcoming installations to an audience of high-tech, web design and media professionals. An additional sneak peek was offered by Professors Cihangir Istek and Cem Ersozlu of Istanbul Bilgi University‘s Visual Communication Design department: the ground-breaking 3D architectural mapping installation entitled “Legoretta Alive.” Altogether, a fun event that furthered the intersection of the academic and professional communities here in Santa Fe.

KBAC-FM Interview – Hours Before Outdoor Vision Fest

Just a few hours before Outdoor Vision Fest commenced, Program Director Ira Gordon of KBAC-FM invited me and my esteemed Istanbul Bilgi University colleagues to discuss “Legoretta Alive,” the mind-blowing 3D architectural mapping installation premiering at OVF. Here is the archived broadcast of our chat.