Life on our planet is characterized 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. The Checkpoints and Chokepoints programme presents artists and designers who investigate cultures of migration and create structures that make visible, or attempt to positively contribute to the life of migrants, undocumented people and refugees.
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, polities and policies continually encounter and clash with the human, lived realities of migration, as well as mediating, fracturing, and reconstructing them.
The Checkpoints and Chokepoints programme wants to contribute to a post-studio design culture equipped to engage with these complex realities on their own terms, rather than on those uniquely of technology, ethics, or the nation-state. Seeking a combined perspective, Checkpoints and Chokepoints investigates the horizontal and vertical geographies of migration, suggesting that a new scope for design is necessary.
The Checkpoints and Chokepoints programme is led by Vinca Kruk (Metahaven), Thomas Castro (LUST) and Simone Niquille. The first cycle began in February 2017 with four research designers. Click on their research blogs below to see an archive of their work during the programme.
If you're interested in applying to the next cycle of Checkpoints and Chokepoints and would like to find out more, we are holding an Open Day on 9th June 2017 from 11.00am at CPCPHQ. There will be an opportunity to see presentations by the participating research students and have a discussion about the programme with the participants and course leaders. Refreshments and snacks provided.