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Migrant 4: Dark Matters
Mirgant Journal


MIGRANT JOURNAL NO.4Migrant 4: Dark Matters
Migrant Journal

Edited by Catarina de Almeida Brito and Justinien Tribillon.

Contributing Artists: Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, A. George Bajalia, Michaela Büsse, Javier Corso, C. S. Hu, Max Opray, Giorgos Kassiteridis, Alice Bucknell, Mauro Tosarelli, Benjamin H. Bratton, Yeb Wiersma and Ishion Hutchinson.

Edition of 3000
144 Pages
180 x 245 mm
ISSN 2398984x



As you enter a dark space, your pupils dilate to allow more light to hit your retina, to allow you to see. If darkness is the absence of light, or the absorption of photons by a surface, it also constitutes a counterpoint that creates voids and leading lines. Darkness is what remains hidden. It can be ugliness, criminality, hatred, oppression, colonialism. Dark is the night, darker are the deeds. But darkness also embodies both beginning and infinity—a breeding ground for alternative thinking, dubious exchanges and non-normative pleasures. What starts as a shady business might soon turn into normality.

In this fourth issue, read about the migration of psychotropic mushroom across the deserts of California, the decolonisation of money, the use of artificial intelligence to determine asylum seekers origins, hear about centuries-old peoples from West Africa living deep in the forest of Suriname or the “kamikazis” smuggling petrol from Nigeria to Benin—and many other stories of darkness and migration.

About the Journal
Migrant Journal explores the circulation of people, goods, information, but also fauna and flora, around the world and the transformative impact they have on space. While migration is part of humanity’s genesis, it seems the phenomenon has become ubiquitous, happening faster, with complex ramifications.

Migrant aims at exploring the relationship between these elements, events, journeys and spaces bound under the idea of ‘migration’ in all its forms, crucial to understand today’s society.

In order to break from the prejudices and clichés on migrants and migration, MIGRANT asks artists, journalists, academics, designers, architects, philosophers, activists and citizens to rethink our approach to migration and critically explore the new spaces it creates.

About the Editors
Catarina de Almeida Brito
is the co-founder of Mae Office, a communications agency focused on architecture, design, and our built environment. She is also an independent architect and freelance journalist based in Lisbon with a particular interest in architecture and diplomacy.

Justinien Tribillon is a writer, researcher, editor and curator. An urbanist, he’s interested in understanding cities, their social fabric, the way they are governed and designed. He regularly contributes feature articles to The Guardian, writing for instance about Paris’s subterranean secrets, or Bucharest uncanny wildlife reserves, as well as The Architectural Review, MONU and other publications. In 2019, Justinien contributed to Rotterdam-based architectural historians Crimson’s latest book Cities of Comings and Goings with a chapter on the history of London’s urbanism in relation to migration.

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