Since Dani and Cecilia hosted their excellent Ground Truths workshop on
technologies of migration at Furtherfield Commons I have been thinking
about perceptions of migration (and their political exploitation) so
well evoked by Randall.
One problem is the difficulty of making connections between long term
residents of a place and migrants to and through those places. And
finding ways to adequately to express our relationships to each other.
Furtherfield's gallery and lab are located in Finsbury Park in North
London with major roads - Seven Sisters Road and Green Lanes- on 2 of 3
sides, both characterised by flows of migration and an increasing
diversity of people of various backgrounds, ethnicities and beliefs.
For this reason we were very pleased to host Paula Crutchlow and Dr Ian
Cook in a Summer residency as they developed the Museum of Contemporary
project that looks at data, values and place and takes the "things we
buy today as the heritage of tomorrow". Throughout the residency Paula
undertook guided shopping trips, attended social gatherings, and with
others hosted data walkshops, data story telling and talked with
different community groups comprising individuals, some of whom have
recently arrived in the country, others are second generation migrants
with their own young families. A project like MoCC offers a focus on the
ethics of local and global trade to provides participants a way to
discover shared experiences.
The practices that speak to me most strongly are those that make more
legible the variety of experiences, infrastructures and cultures of
those involved in migration- many of these have already been discussed here.
Yesterday at the final session of the Disruption Network Lab in Berlin
on the theme of Stunts, M.C. McGrath presented his work on
www.transparencytoolkit.org. While this is not directly concerned with
issues of migration I was struck by the power of the personal narratives
that he had been able to compile of CIA intel workers by scraping cvs
from their accounts on Linkedin. By humanising the people who service
state and corporate infrastructures (part of the reason we know so much
about these people is because of the trend towards outsourcing security
services- and the corresponding job adverts and self promotion necessary
to support this process) we (and perhaps they) can better start to
identify with and dare to position ourselves in the social ecology of
war and structural violence.
Thank you Cecilia and Dani for hosting this discussion.
all the best