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by migrantas

a visual language of migration

Working with public urban spaces as its platform, migrantas aims to make visible the thoughts and feelings of those who have left their own country and now live in a new one.

Mobility, migration and transculturality are not the exception in our world, but are instead becoming the rule. Nevertheless, migrant women and their experiences remain often invisible to the majority of our society.

Migrantas works with issues of migration, identity and intercultural dialogue. Their work incorporates tools from the visual arts, graphic design and social sciences. Members of the collective, mostly women who have themselves immigrated to Germany, develop the projects with other migrant women in a horizontal dialogue. Continue Reading →

»This street is constantly changing and it certainly will be changing further on. Streets like this are needed in the city, because they allow a change, people can try out different business ideas here, see if it works or not.«

A. Dika, architect, interview 2011

»urbanism of transgression – …housing and density not as number of units, but as dwelling in relationship to the larger forces at play in the city – transportation and natural networks, the politics of the public, the economics of land use, and particular, cultural
idiosyncrasies of place, for example.«

T. Cruz, architect, St. Diego, 2009

Marc Hill

Marc Hill was born in Germany. He holds an Mphil in Education at the University of Cologne. He is a research associate at the Institute for Education and Educational Research at the University of Klagenfurt (Austria). Research interests: Migration, urban development, marginalization, diversity, education, training and competencies.

Erol Yildiz

Erol Yildiz was born in Samsun (Turkey) and holds an Mphil and a PhD in Education. Furthermore he has completed a postdoc work in Sociology. He is a professor of Intercultural Education at the Faculty of Cultural Sciences, University of Klagenfurt (Austria). His research interests include migration studies, intercultural education, urbanity and globalization. His most recent book is Weltoffene Stadt. Wie Migration Globalisierung zum urbanen Alltag macht. 2013 Bielefeld (Transcript Verlag).


“Baklava transport” on Keupstraße, Cologne, photo by Paula Altmann, 2012

“Baklava transport” on Keupstraße, Cologne, photo by Paula Altmann, 2012

by Erol Yildiz and Marc Hill

From Migrant to Post-Migrant

If you start saying something new, especially when it concerns supposed lines of difference, as in talk on migration, that is always associated with resistance against established patterns of interpretation. In the resistance by young migrants who narrate tales of immigration that differ from those of their (grand)parents and what is generally familiar, we can discern a development from the migrant to what we would like to term the post-migrant. Biographical approaches to the everyday world of young migrants often reveal just how distant and removed their lives are from the traditional reproach of a purported “parallel society.” However, there are also special musical groups, theatrical plays, literary works and films that come straight to the point, encapsulating in a provocative manner the post-migrant element as subversive praxis pitched against hegemonial attributions. Continue Reading →

Chu YinHua

For Chu YinHua, constant travel between different cities has caused the ideas and images associated with each to bleed into one another, and provided a stock of urban memories and associations that allows her to feel on intimate terms with any foreign city. She believes that one’s perception of the city is made up of layers of different images that can be made to cohere into a single image only with great difficulty, and she has found it necessary to develop a variety of observational methods in order to do justice to the organic complexity of this perception. Continue Reading →


by Chu YinHua

Staging Memories: Mise en Scène the Imagined Cities in Photographic Practices

This practice-based research arises from the experience of travelling between different cities, which induces a state wherein perceptions of the physical environment are overlaid with memories. The physical space that reflects actual light into one’s eyes is transformed, through and across the spaces one remembers, imagines or fantasises, into what I call the ‘imagined city’. ‘Staging memories’ takes mise en scène beyond its associations with staging technique, developing it as a methodology for representing and experiencing the imagined city. Continue Reading →

Duska Zagorac

Duska is an award-winning director currently developing her first feature (writer James Harris, producer Sarah Brocklehurst) with Triangle (Screen Yorkshire & Northern FM) and Creative England. In 2011, Duska shadowed her Guiding Lights mentor, director Oliver Parker, on JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN.

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