MICRO ODYSSEYS [Migrant Journal No. 5]

Monday, 3 December 2018, 7.30 pm, diffrakt | centre for theoretical periphery

Journal conversation with
Michaela Büsse | Marit Mihklepp

Every great journey has its origin below the radar. The planetary and the microscopic are not necessarily in opposition – life is but a flow of minerals. At the micro scale, the biological and the geological become one, with metabolism interlinking human and non-human entities. Diseases, from the plague to H1N1, travel mysteriously and are therefore terrifying – fear moving faster than bacteria. Seeds, plants, fauna have travelled the world, and back again, echoing humanity’s stories of exploration, exploitation and colonisation.

In MICRO ODYSSEYS, the fifth and penultimate issue of Migrant Journal, we explore the microscopic in movement: from shooting stars to shifting sands, bacteria in Estonia and particles in Geneva, mosquitoes in fascist Italy and tuberculosis in Indian cities, micro-plastics floating in the Pacific Ocean, Roman weeds and their mysterious migration to Copenhagen.

Michaela Büsse is a design researcher interested in experimental design practices, new materialism and philosophies of technologies and ecology. She is a PhD candidate at the Critical Media Lab in Basel, Switzerland, and regularly lectures on critical design and media studies. Michaela joined the editorial board of Migrant Journal in 2017.

Marit Mihklepp is an Estonian artist based in The Hague, investigating how collaborative practices with other-than-humans create space for alternative understandings of human life. Lately, she has been exploring the differences of time perception between human and stone bodies.