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Migrant 5: Micro Odysseys
Migrant Journal

Migrant Journal 5: Micro Odysseys

Migrant Journal 5: Micro OdysseysMigrant 5: Micro Odysseys
Mirgant Journal

Edited by Catarina de Almeida Brito and Justinien Tribillon.

Contributing Artists: Bethany Rigby, Marit Mihklepp, Justinien Tribillon, Isabel Seiffer, Christoph Miler, Élisée Reclus, D. Habets, S. Schäfer, C. S. Hu, Sim Chi Yin, Leonardo Dellanoce, Ana María Gómez López, Femke Herregraven, Skye Morét, Andrea Bagnato, Anna Positano, Ada Kwan, Crystal Bennes.



151 Pages
180 x 245 mm
ISSN 2398984x


Obsessed by the movements of humans, the ‘big picture’ and the mega-infrastructure that make their circulation possible, we forget that 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. Disease, 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.

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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