Migration Lab

Going behind the headlines, Migration Lab focuses on the ‘on-the-ground reality’

The Design Museum and the Learning Lab at Counterpoints Arts are collaborating to create the Migration Lab – an evening exploring the potential of design to build collective futures in the face of the daunting physical, social, and cultural challenges triggered by global population displacement. Participate in a ‘bodging’ session led by artist and designer, Jasleen Kaur. Using everyday and found materials and low-tech processes, find out how to repair and make objects 'built for how we do things, not for how we should be doing them'. Meet some of the volunteers who have been working for StartupAid’s ‘’ project, distributing first aid items on the island of Lesbos. The ‘operations zone’ reconstructs Lesbos and its different camps and warehouses in miniature across the museum, so that you can take part in simulated operations, organising missions which use coordinated design and collaborative action to help as many people as possible. Watch a screening of The Architect by Muajhid Attar, 2016. The Architect was supported by the Syria Mobile Film Festival training workshop. It explores a young boy’s dream to re-design and re-build his beloved city of Aleppo. Engage in a discussion led by Engin Isin, author of Citizens Without Frontiers, on diverse practices of mobile creativity across borders and the urgent realities of new modes of global citizenship. Engin will be in conversation with Joanna Theodorou, Ismail Einashe, Shahed Saleem, Yasmin Fedda, Paula Schwarz and Jasleen Kaur. Tickets include entry to Designers in Residence and Designs of the Year. Doors open: 6:15pm. Event ends: 10pm.


Design Museum, Tower Bridge

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