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Quick overview of activities since 2010:
June 2013: Refugee month exhibition at Z-arts (Manchester), “Committed To Represent” photography with text (work in progress), and “Refusing the Refused” video installation.
March-April 2013: Artists video screening of “Buy This (v3)” (Toronto, Canada and London)
November 2012: Multimedia performance - discussion at Anthony Burgess Foundation (Manchester) “Crude Killings” collaboration with Platform (London) based on their book “The Oil Road”
September 2012: Presentation at “Emergence” conference (Machynlleth, Wales)
May2012: Multimedia performance-discussion “Running Order” at Chorlton Arts Festival (Manchester)
December 2011: Video installation “Buy This (v3)” at Platforma national refugee arts festival (London)
Nov-Dec 2010: Presentations at Manchester and Bielefeld (Germany) Universities
Coming up in 2010:
Climate Change Testimonies from Refugees in Manchester
an investigative project in partnership with MRSN (Manchester Refugee Support Network) and RICC (Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures)
August - December 2010
This pilot project is using video and multimedia techniques to compile testimonial data from people of refugee backgrounds, promote discussion about the current effects of climate change, and explore how changes may affect Manchester, including prospects for future migration, refuge and asylum.
For more info on this project, click HERE.
Climate Justice, Science and Refugees
DEBATE AND DISCUSSION WITH MULTIMEDIA, FILM, MUSIC AND POETRY
27th October 2010, 5.30-10pm - at: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge St, Manchester M1 5BY
This discussion workshop event will present the results of the Climate Change Testimonies project along with PASSENGER 8 - live multimedia music and poetry performance by Virtual Migrants artists adapting the content from the project, plus a rare film screening about Wangari Maathai.
Full details of this event by clicking HERE. Booking required!
virtual migrants to be included in new publication "Globalization
and Contemporary Art"
The central discussion in Sean Cubitt's essay entitled "Audiovisionaries of the Network Planet" in the forthcoming publication "Globalization and Contemporary Art" edited by Jonathan Harris (Blackwell, 2011) involves a comparative reflection and mapping of work by virtual migrants alongside Paul D Miller (aka. DJ Spooky) and the RAQS Media Collective (India).
Coming up in 2009:
The Centre Cannot Hold
Climate Imperialism and Displacement - a long term project beginning at the Arnolfini, Bristol
3rd October - 29th November 2009
virtual migrants will be launch this new project as a part of the "C Words" exhibition comprising events-debates-actions-art along with selected other radical and challenging artist groups. More details HERE.
"Register", a Passenger performance + presentation/discussion
27th May 2009 at CUBE gallery, 113-115 Portland Street, Manchester M1 6DW
The Cosmopolitan City and Manchester Migrants - two day-long workshops which use Manchester as a case-study to examine the impact of migration flows and migrant settlement and transnational commercial and knowledge networks on a city in the process of restructuring and transformation www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/ricc/events/migrants/.
Organised by the Migration and Diaspora Cultural Studies Network at Manchester University, the first took place on 22nd April, and the second one on 27th May includes a panel presentation by Kooj from Virtual Migrants plus another rare Virtual Migrants 'Passenger' multimedia performance entitled "Register". Full details HERE.
Collaborations, Migrations and Territories
a talk with screenings and discussion by virtual migrants
Thurs 19th February 2009, 6pm - 7.30pm (arrivals from 5.45pm)
at: Central Library, St Peters Square, Manchester admission: FREE
Virtual Migrants have been at the forefront of artistic practice around issues of migration and globalisation, deportation and refuge, for over ten years and have developed a hard-earned reputation in the UK and abroad. Their recent 'Exhale' publication illustrates a pattern of collaborations between new media arts and other artforms, between artists and non-artists, and a critically challenging polemic within their practice and output. Led by Kooj Chuhan with contributions from Aidan Jolly and other members this talk will include screenings of selected examples of their work and is a rare opportunity to both take in and discuss their unique approach to engaging artistic processes with life-and-death inequalities. Includes a review of the 'Global Eyes' exhibition at SIGGRAPH 07. www.virtualmigrants.com
Article on Virtual Migrants for Arts Professional magazine
February 2009, www.artsprofessional.co.uk
The theme for this issue of Arts Professional is "Arts In The Danger Zone" and Kooj has been commissioned to write an article which will discuss artists who work in areas of critical stress, impoverishment, and life-and-death situations with a focus on work relating to asylum and refuge, and virtual migrants in particular.
Full original article available to read HERE.
digital media artists and productions responding to themes of race, migration and globalisation