MIGRANT is a six-issue print-only publication critically exploring migration in all its forms.
MIGRANT explores the circulation of people, goods, information, and even fauna and flora, around the world and the transformative impact they have on contemporary life. While migration is part of humanity's genesis, it seems the phenomenon has become ubiquitous, happening faster, with complex ramifications.
MIGRANT aims at exploring the relationship between these elements, events, journeys and spaces bound under the idea of 'migration' in all its forms, crucial to understand today's society.
In order to break from the prejudices and clichés of migrants and migration, MIGRANT asks artists, journalists, academics, designers, architects, philosophers, activists and citizens to rethink our approach to migration and critically explore the new spaces it creates.
This kickstarter campaign aims at funding the printing costs of MIGRANT's first issue. Since September, we have been developing 'ACROSS COUNTRY', curating an amazing cohort of contributors, editing the contributions and designing the publication. We have now reached a stage in the editing and designing process where we need YOUR help to send it to the printer, and start distributing MIGRANT's first issue.
“We should build cities in the countryside, because the air is much purer over there” said 19th-century French writer and humorist Alphonse Allais. Today’s writers, intellectuals, and designers are far more concerned about the urban space—promised land of diversity, economic growth, social (in)justice, cultural creation. We’ve entered the ‘urban age’, the space of the ‘endless city’, implicitly discarding rural space and neglecting the ‘countryside’ as inexistent.
The refugee crisis that Europe is currently facing is shedding a dramatic light on the countryside. Syrians refugees flee the war via Turkey, then Greece and their isolated beaches, to move on to travel Europe across country, fields and scenic landscapes via Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia... The forgotten rural land is the stage of our present migration tragedy, not cities.
Migrations in rural settings, however, transcend movements of people. The countryside is the metaphor of the nation, its permanence is celebrated in the vocabulary and the iconography: soil, roots, trees, farmers. But, like cities, the countryside has dramatically changed, influenced by human and ecological footprints—man-made or natural. Most of the fruits, vegetables and cereals that are part of our everyday diet and whose crops are shaping our rural landscapes are not autochthonous, they were imported. Seeds are also migrants, so are the mechanical inventions that shape our landscape. What will be the migration of tomorrow? What will be the countryside of tomorrow?
TABLE OF CONTENTS
For MIGRANT's first issue, we have curated a body of both exclusive and existing work by individuals from various disciplines to rethink the role of the countryside in today’s processes of migration.
MIGRATION AND RADICALISM | MAXXI senior curator PIPPO CIORRA explores the circulation of ideas in a changing world.
AFTER BELONGING: AN INTERVIEW | Editors Catarina and Justinien in discussion with the curators of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale: LLUÍS ALEXANDRE CASANOVAS BLANCO, IGNACIO GONZÁLES GALÁN, CARLOS MÍNGUEZ CARRASCO, ALEJANDRA NAVARRETE LLOPIS, and MARINA OTERO VERZIER.
COSMIC COLLIERY | Interdisciplinary designer HEFIN JONES reveals the potential for an abandoned coal mine to be used as an underwater astronaut training centre in Wales.
ITALIAN LIMES | Italy’s drifting glaciers form a moving border, traced by graphic designer MARCO FERRARI.
DELTA EARTHWORKS | From infrastructure to animals: the changing nature of the California Delta landscape documented by BRETT MILLIGAN.
PARCHED IRAN | Photographer ELISABETH REAL explores the paradoxal presence and disappearance of water in Iran.
MASSEY HARRIS AND RURAL EXODUS | Our editor JUSTINIEN TRIBILLON investigates how American tractors shaped French rural migration.
RETURNS TO THE RURAL | JULIAN CASTRO, DANIELA SANJINÉS and DAVID KOSTENWEIN tell three tales of migrants trapped in between a long history of Colombian armed conflicts.
UNDER THE RADAR | Mexico-based researcher and journalist MARTHA PSKOWSKI takes us on a journey across the undocumented spaces migrants move through.
FLOW AND PERMANENCE IN THE GARDEN OF ENGLAND | What is the role of infrastructure in the changing spaces of planetary urbanisation? Academic DIMITRIOS BORMPOUDAKIS elaborates on this condition.
REPEATED ORIGIN, REPEATED FUTURE | Our editor CATARINA DE ALMEIDA BRITO explores the role of MUJI in Japanese rural society following the Tōhoku earthquake in 2011.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF YOUR VISIT? | Designer GIUDITTA VENDRAME takes us on a journey towards the high seas of the Mediterranean.
THE VALLEY OF CAMPAN | An excerpt from a sociological study of a valley in the Pyrénées, written by philosopher HENRI LEFEBVRE and dating from 1963. Translated in English for the first time.
WHO WE ARE
MIGRANT is a project led by a team of four, based in London (UK) and Zurich (CH): Catarina DE ALMEIDA BRITO, Christoph MILER, Isabel SEIFFERT and Justinien TRIBILLON. Catarina and Justinien are MIGRANT's editors. Respectively designer and urbanist in London, they have written for The Guardian, MONU, Wallpaper* among other publications. Christoph and Isabel are both graphic designers based in Zurich. Their work has a strong focus on editorial design, typography and storytelling. Their publications have won several prices, including the TDC 61 award in New York and a bronze medal at the Stiftung Buchkunst award in 2016.
As practitioners and intellectuals, but also as migrants ourselves (Catarina is Portuguese, Justinien French, Isabel German, Christoph Austrian… none of us live in the country we hold a passport of) we have decided to take upon this very complex and often dramatic topic of migration, convinced that the raging debate on this issue lacks depth and imagination, creativity and critical knowledge.
GRAPHIC DESIGN & TYPOGRAPHY
The pressing issues addressed in MIGRANT will be translated into a thoughtfully designed publication by Swiss-based duo Isabel Seiffert and Christoph Miler. Our magazine’s visual concept for the upcoming six issues of MIGRANT ensures a unique voice: bold colors and a custom-made typeface will guide you through the narrative layers of the publication, intricate maps and vivid infographics will invite you to explore topics in greater, atlas-like depth and eclectic sequences of images will produce the publications rhythm. Moreover, each number of MIGRANT comes with a different tactile texture on the cover relating to the subject of the current issue – pushing the idea that only a strong combination of content, design and material will create the finest reading experience.
Risks and challenges
We have carefully assessed the risks, challenges and costs associated with launching a project like MIGRANT.
—— FINANCE ——
The money we raise via this Kickstarter campaign is dedicated to printing MIGRANT's first issue ‘ACCROSS COUNTRY’.
Our primary target is to raise 9,500€, enabling us to print 500 copies.
Our unofficial target is 10,500€, that would enable us to print a 1,000 copies.
In professional printing, for various technical reasons, once the first few hundred scopies have been printed, the cost per copy decreases exponentially and very quickly, hence the small difference betwen 500 and 1,000 copies.
All the participants in this project have made huge efforts to make sure our price stay as low as possible — 20€ per issue, that's about £15, 22$ — because we believe such a publication on such a difficult topic should be available to each and everyone.
By pledging money to this kickstarter, you are directly funding MIGRANT's first issue. By selecting the larger pledges, for instance by subscribing for one, two or four years you will support MIGRANT publication over its lifetime.
—— TIME ——
This project is at an advanced stage of production. Most of our contributions have already been written and submitted to the editors, who are busy editing it and designing it. Funding is the last step to make this first issue happening. We have already been selected by the Swiss Cultural Fund to present our project in London in October 2016 at an exhibition — which means this project will be ready in time.
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