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Checkpoints and Chokepoints / Migrating Structures in Design Research

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Checkpoints and Chokepoints
Exhibition / Civic Room, Glasgow / 26th–28th July, 12pm–6pm

Life on our planet is characterised by increasing flows of migration. According to UN statistics, the number of international migrants worldwide reached 244 million in 2015, up from 222 million in 2010 and 173 million in 2000. At the same time, a recent development consists in the vertical technological stacks through which horizontal movement over the earth’s surface takes place. Most human action is now intensely captured, doubled, imaged and imagined, in layers of digital technology that supplement, complement and sometimes replace prior physical and political geographies. Infrastructure, platforms, politics and policies continually encounter and clash with the human, lived realities of migration, as well as mediating, fracturing and reconstructing them.

Beginning in February 2017, Checkpoints and Chokepoints is a four-month intensive design research programme that investigates cultures of migration in the scope of design. Initiated by Vinca Kruk (Metahaven), Thomas Castro (LUST) and Simone C. Niquille (Technoflesh), the ‘post-studio’ model programme was structured around field research trips to crucial zones within the EU such as locations in France, Belgium and Italy. Of the four participating designers, Tom Joyes and Hanna Rullmann will be presenting their research as the Checkpoints and Chokepoints show lands in the Civic Room, Glasgow between the 26th and 28th of July.

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Migrating Structures in Design Research
Discussion Event / Civic Room, Glasgow / 27th July, 6pm–9pm

An evening of drinks, presentations and a panel discussion moderated by Neil McGuire (After The News) will feature contributions by Tom Joyes (Checkpoints and Chokepoints, ArtEZ), Hanna Rullmann (Checkpoints and Chokepoints, ArtEZ) and Solveig Suess (Research Architecture, Goldsmiths). The event will see the designers present their current projects in more detail, discuss their respective programmes and open up discussion on experiences in alternative design education with a focus on research–driven practices.

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Tom Joyes (UK)
FUZZY LOGiC Vol.83

FUZZY LOGiC Vol.83 is a comic book technodrama about bodies, borders and surveillance. Taking place between the layers of global infrastructure, a vegetable processing unit in southern Italy and a data-storage fortification in northern France, FLV.83 follows the journey of two animal protagonists that are unsuspecting subjects of a biometric profiling report. The storyline documents the encounters of ‘Sheep’ and ‘Wolf’ who become examples of how infrastructure and technology are active agents that police migrating bodies. A hybrid of non-fiction-science-fiction, FLV.83 combines academic essay form with video game references, and journalistic reportage with manga novel aesthetics; framing the subject of migration as a piece of fragmented, genre-fusing popular culture.

tomjoyes.com


Hanna Rullmann (NL)
Weaponising Nature

At the location of former migrant camp The Jungle in Calais, the French government has made plans for the area to be ‘restored to a nature reserve’ named Fort Vert. The landscape design features fencing and water ditches around the entire site, sandbanks, water zones and the planting of sea buckthorn to naturally enforce fencing. The two-channel video installation (1. An interview with the nature organisations managing the site, and 2. Nature shots of the plant species used in the landscape) highlights how natural elements become political actors: not only is nature in this case weaponised with the purpose of fortifying the border, it also acts as a tool for erasure.

hanna-rullmann.com


Solveig Suess (UK)
AAA Cargo
Made with contributions from Ming Lin and Josh Feola.

A storyboard for a quasi-fictive documentary series exploring the New Silk Road. AAA Cargo traces the movements and lifeways of ‘para-logisticians’ who, as developmental refugees being forced out of their hometowns, comprise a new generation of precarious workers. Refusing or evading taxes, and other regulatory rules, these individuals are often derided as bandits or pirates, consigning them to marginalized or condemned positions in society. Out of necessity, oppressive conditions often lead to extreme resourcefulness. Hacking the infrastructural space of the New Silk Road through transnational guanxi and friendships, para-logisticians make use of surplus space within cargo holds and passenger carry-ons.

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