Migratory Times

The Institute of (im)Possible Subjects (IiS) is pleased to announce our 2016 – 2017 project Migratory Times. We are recipients of an inaugural Abundance Foundation Out of Eden Community Arts Fellowship in support of the project’s launch. We will work closely with collaborators globally, with primary nodes in Korea, the Philippines, and Colombia, engaging in translocal conversations on questions of transnational feminisms and global migration. Each of these nodes will host, in overlapping sequence, a series of exhibitions, public events, and art and media production workshops based on shared research questions related to the experience of migrants and refugees in different localities; the temporalities of migration; the gendered experiences of migration; and the longue durée of human migrations as it appears through these lenses.

Migratory Times constructs a translocal architecture for overlapping learning, research, and making circles across diverse sites. Over the course of the year, learning circles will be convened in-person at local sites as well as through virtual networks, using popular education, participatory art, and co-design pedagogies. Additional methodologies will be co-constructed with the Out of Eden Learn community, housed at Project Zero, a research organization at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The circles will produce conversations, workshops, open access publications, and contemporary art projects across the global nodes, each one an exhibition of a collective learning process about gender, migration, and time.




The coordinators are Dalida María Benfield and Annie Fukushima, and the core research team includes Damali Abrams, Michelle Dizon, Jane Jin Kaisen, and tammy ko Robinson. Additional collaborators include the following artists, researchers, collectives, and centers: at land’s edge (Los Angeles, CA, USA.), An Hye-kyoung and Artspace C (Jeju, S. Korea), Clara Balaguer and the Office of Culture and Design (Manila, Philippines), Diásporas Críticas (Barcelona, Spain and Quito, Ecuador), Dreaming Tree (Seoul, S. Korea), Emi Kane (Oakland, CA, USA), Guston Sondin-Kung (Copenhagen, Denmark), Renan Laru-an and DiscLab (Manila, Philippines), Annette Markham and futuremaking.space (Århus University, Denmark), Pedro Pablo Gomez Moreno and SALASAB (Bogotá, Colombia), Omnivore (Los Angeles, CA, USA), Lene Myong (Stavanger, Norway), and others. Multiple publics and institutions will also participate in the programming, including im/migrant rights groups, individuals, community-based art organizations, art exhibition spaces, and universities and schools.

We welcome inquiries and proposals for collaborating artists and organizations.  Contact: Dr. Dalida María Benfield dalidamariab@gmail.com or Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima anniefukushima@gmail.com.

Jane Jin Kaisen. Reiterations of Dissent, a multi-channel video installation

Damali Abrams. That Old Black Magic (Happiness Spell #1), installation detail, video and mixed media collage

Michelle Dizon. Perpetual Peace, Production Still

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