Human-ities · Public Space · Social/Politics

New Yorkers don’t fade away—they just move.

New Yorkers don’t fade away—they just move. But to where? From Miami to Austin to Berlin, detailed maps of nearly every other significant city’s neighborhoods show ex-pats exactly where to emigrate.

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Photographics · Projects · Social/Politics

Temporary Shelters by Henk Wildschut


Close to the port of Calais there is an area encompassing a few hundred square metres that is known as ‘The Jungle’. The people occupying this area have travelled many miles to get there, and their journey is still not at an end. Calais is the departure point for the final and most desirable crossing. There are thousands of people from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan and Nigeria, all in search of a better life in Britain, the destination of their dreams.

While they await the opportunity to make the great crossing, they build temporary shelters: tent-like structures made of waste material from the immediate surroundings of the camp. In the best cases, the cultural characteristics of the country of origin can barely be distinguished in these.

The way in which the primary requirements of life are manifested in such shelters forms the leitmotif of this documentary photography project, for which I travelled extensively to Calais, the south of Spain, Dunkirk, Malta, Patras and Rome. For me, the image of the shelter – wherever it is in Europe – became the symbol of the misery these refugees experience.

All photos and text by Henk Wildschut. See project HERE


i-Map: Interactive Map on Migration by ICMPD

At the end of 2006, the ICMPD, Europol and Frontex developed an interactive instrument at the service of MTM partner states for the purpose of exchanging information on the migratory situation in states around the Mediterranean and supporting the development and implementation of cooperation initiatives. The MTM i-Map provides both a visualization of the situation along with a presentation of the threats and risks faced by the MTM Arab and European partner states. It also shows past, present and future evolutions of migratory flows and routes.

At the event “MTM Launching Conference of the ICMPD-Europol-Frontex Project Towards a Comprehensive Response to Mixed Migration Flows” from 13 – 14 November 2006 in Porto, the MTM partner agencies introduced the i-Map and informed the participants of its availability online as a secured website.

On 31 January 2007, the i-Map was officially launched with restricted access to users having a password and a username. In January 2008, after a successful test phase, MTM partner agencies presented an upgraded version of this information-exchange and analysis instrument at the “Geneva Project Closing Conference”. Among many improvements, a customer-oriented approach, a three-level analysis of migration information (local, national and regional) and access in the three languages of the MTM (Arabic, English and French), represent the most significant upgrades.

The 2008 version presented was forseen to include a public interface that would allow access to a larger public. This public interface would only allow for visual information to be displayed and with detailed migration analysis and other features remaining under strict restricted access. This version is not yet online. The aim of the “Project Closing Conference” was to present the future possible evolution of the i-Map and generate interest with concerned parties, namely with regards to funding.

The current online version of the 2007 i-Map represents a starting point in the development of this comprehensive information-sharing and analysis instrument. The Secretariat of the MTM is currently exploring the development of an i-Map covering both the MTM Pillar I (migration security) and the MTM Pillar II (migration development). A comprehensive interactive map in the three languages of the Dialogue (Arabic, English and French) will be elaborated pending adequate resources.

Only partner states and partner organizations can have access to the i-Map. Persons who wish to obtain a password and a username, should send a formal request to the MTM Secretariat.

Text via i-Map

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Should artists be activists? Art & Activism in the Age of Globalization

Art & Activism in the Age of Globalization: Reflect No. 8, edited by Lieven de Cauter, Ruben de Roo and Karel Vanhaesebrouck (on amazon USA and UK.)

NAI Publishers says: Should artists be activists? Is activist art one of an artist’s primary responsibilities or a pointless sideshow on the fringes of serious politics? The philosopher, writer and art historian Lieven de Cauter, Ruben de Roo and Karel Vanhaesebrouck explore this theme in collaboration with other thinkers and doers in his new book Art and Activism in the Age of Globalization.

In a time of globalization, populism, hypercapitalism, migration, War on Terror, and global warming, artistic engagement is vital. Art and Activism in the Age of Globalization takes the measure of contemporary activist art. What is the role of art and activism in the polarized, populist society of the spectacle? Art & Activism examines both the criticism of engagement as a mere pose and the need for cultural activism in today’s society. Urban activism and activism by anonymous networks are also investigated. Special attention is devoted to the effects of the War on Terror on activism in practice. The book concludes with a theoretical framework for contemporary activism and an impassioned plea for genuinely political art.

Lieven de Cauter, Ruben De Roo and Karel Vanhaesebrouck co-edited Art and Activism in the Age of Globalization. Contributors include BAVO, Rosi Braidotti, Pippo Delbono, Pascal Gielen, Brian Holmes André Gattolin & Thierry Lefebvre, Rudi Laermans, Dieter Lesage and Jennifer Flores Sternad.

Via NAI Publishers